Sunday, November 23, 2008

That Old Rachel 11

Rachel and I were in a Mother-Daughter book club for a number of years. When she was about 10, I was reading Number the Stars to her. I don't remember if we were reading the book for the book club or for a school assignment, though I would imagine it was the book club as I generally didn't read her school books to her. She was confused about why the girls in the story would be scared of German soldiers. I found myself explaining the Holocaust and Nazis and Hitler. "Hitler wanted to rule the world," I said.

"That's crazy!" said Rachel, "Nobody would want that!"

'"Why not?" I asked.

"The world's too big," she said, "and besides, think of all the paperwork!"

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