Bigger Than Mushroom
Edip Yuksel, Matine’s Father
Matine drinking coconut juice with straw
WHEN I WAS BORN…
Matine asked his mom out of the blue:
– Was I born a girl or a boy?
PS: Matine is a boy
While putting his skates on, Matine:
– Am I bigger than you?
– You are silly!
– I am bigger than my shoes. I am bigger than shoe horn. I am bigger than mushroom!
– If Yassir and Emily do wrong, God will give them a ticket.
While waiting in the car with Matine in the parking lot of Fry’s grocery store, Matine got impatient.
– Matine, count until 20 and your mom will be coming out of the grocery store.
After counting to ten you stopped. I knew that you knew how to count until 20 or perhaps more. Wondering the reason behind this pause, I asked:
– Why don’t you continue counting?
– I finished my fingers.
I did not remind you your toes, since I didn’t want to go through the hassle of dealing with your shoes and socks.
– Which one is more important, Matine: having friends or having cloths?
– Having friends is more important; because you can buy clothes but you cannot buy friends.
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
Your mother was frustrated with your behavior; she finally warned you:
– I’ll kick you out in the back yard if you don’t listen to me!
You immediately related this warning with your then favorite Disney movie, MOSES.
– If you kick me out you will be Hebrew. (Meaning that she would lose her son!)
I WILL BUY YOU…
– I will go to college and make 115 dollars.
– Will you buy me a car with that money, Matine?
– Yeah, I will buy you a Corvette!
MY DAD IS SMARTER
– Marilyn vos Savant is the recorded smartest person on earth.
– Is she smarter than you?
– You bet!
– Daddy, I think you are smarter than her.
– Why do you think so?
– She cannot make bow arrows; she cannot fix cars; she cannot fight. She is not as brave as you are.
20 September 2004
While driving Matine from school to home, we were talking about Heaven and how God would grant any wish of a person there. He challenged my statement with a question:
– How can God grant the wishes of two people to become the best soccer player in heaven?