Disclaimer: Pretty much all I know about Richard Nixon is the word Watergate, "I am not a crook," and he RESIGNED (which means he was not impeached). Oh, and he was the President of course.
The kids and I were eating dinner last night and The Oldest was putting up his two fingers (the index and the middle) at the end of every sentence. Finally Eraser Eater asks, "Why do you keep doing that?"
"It's cool. Richard Nixon does it," says the Oldest with a smile and yet another lift of the two fingers. "What does it mean?" he turns to ask me.
I swallow my chicken and look at the Oldest. I remember all the times as a kid assembled in the auditorium at school and the Principal shushing with one hand and holding up her two fingers with the other in the air to encourage us to quiet down. "Peace," I say.
"Oh yes," says the Oldest. "'Peace and the spread of the gospel in Chechnya.'"
I almost spit out my food laughing so hard.
"What? Was that funny, Mom? You think I don't listen to the prayers at church?" And he gives me a wink.
He and I both know that this is the exact prayer that Dear Sir prays during the "prayers of the people" nearly every Sunday.
At this point Dear Sir is about to walk in the door from work and the Oldest looks at me. "Should I tell him what's so funny?"
"Nope," I say.
FAST FORWARD TO DEAR SIR AND I SITTING ON BED READING WHILE EVERYONE ELSE IS DOWN FOR THE NIGHT
I tell Dear Sir the exact same story above.
Dear Sir shakes his head at me.
"What?!" I say.
"Richard Nixon was not some hippie, Rachel. He didn't go around shooting the peace sign off at people. His fingers formed a 'V' which meant 'victory'. It's famous. Winston Churchill did it too." He continues to try to read his book.
"Well---I---" I feebly explain the auditorium story to him. He smirks a little. "I know that I know nothing about Richard Nixon."
He just widens his eyes and continues to read his book.
I felt a shove was in order and it was executed accordingly.