Thursday, January 08, 2009

Before you were born

"It was around here that I once said, 'I used to work over there, before you were born.'
'When I was a baby.'
'No, before that. Before you were born.'
'When I was just a teeny-tiny baby?'
'No, before you were even here. Before you were in my tummy.'
'I was.... Where.'
'You were just a twinkle in your Daddy's eye.'
'I not a twinkle. I NOT a twinkle!!!' And she started to kick and squawk. I suppose I did sound a bit smug; a little complacent about the idea that she was once non-existent. Too tough, really, for any age, but especially tough for two." --Anne Enright, "Being Two" from Making Babies