Beards Go Up

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This morning, when Stella said she’d like to be a train engineer Basil said he’d like to drive a firetruck.  But this evening, after Basil and Papa read the picture book The Holy Monks of Mount Athos, this conversation followed:

Papa: Do you want to be a monk?

Basil: No

Papa: Why not?

Basil: Monks have beards.

Papa: You don’t want a beard?

Basil: No.

Papa: Papa has a beard.

Basil: Mama and Macrina do not have beards.  I do not have a beard.

Papa: What’s wrong with beards?

Basil: Beards go up.  (He then points out on Papa’s face how the beard comes up to connect to his hair)

Papa: Do you want Papa to be without a beard?

Basil: No.

Papa: Do you want to have one?

Basil: No, I do not want a beard.

Papa: (to Mama) Who’s teaching this kid?  Do you want to be a deacon?  They don’t have to have beards.  Does Deacon Paul have a beard?

Basil: No, but I don’t want to be a deacon.  I don’t want to be a priest, either.

Mama: What do you want to be?

Basil: I just want to be a bishop.  I want to go to the kitchen and get a big napkin to wear.

~Elizabeth

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3 Responses to “Beards Go Up”

  1. AK the Second Says:

    Love this.

  2. Kirsten Says:

    this is hilarious!

  3. AK the Second Says:

    I require some more photos of my adorable niece and nephew. Thank you. That is all.

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