The Most Famous Writer
“Mom, Dad, who’s the most famous writer?”
My six year old greeted us with this question this morning as he crawled into our bed.
“Hmm,” I said. “I think maybe William Shakespeare. What do you think, momma?”
“Aren’t we just talking about living writers?” she asked.
“Okay,” I propped myself up on my elbow. ”then I guess it’s got to be Stephen King or J.K. Rawlings.”
“I’m not sure. I think it depends on what you mean by famous.”
“I think it’s Van Gogh,” our son chimed in.
“He wasn’t a writer,” I said.
“He painted,” my wife added.
“He wrote his name, didn’t he?”
“I guess so,” I answered. “He signed his paintings, I think.”
“So he was a writer.”
True. These are the sorts of discussions that I handle better later in the day. I think that might be why he hits me with them at the crack of dawn.