Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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Last night at dinner, Skylar started talking about how we all have hair on our bodies, even though it can be very hard to see. "That's because we used to be apes," she explained. Walking over to my side of the table, she looked down at my arm and gave it a soft touch. "You have lots of hair, dad." Kim rose to the challenge. "That's because men are more like apes than women." Strangely, I found the resulting vision of myself as a gorilla comforting. Maybe it's because I was so pleased to learn that Skylar is being taught the theory of evolution in her kindergarten class. You never know these days. I'm so grateful she was readmitted to Manzanita for first grade. It's a traditional school, to be sure, but its traditions are those of my own childhood, when creationists were consigned to the ridicule of Inherit the Wind.

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