Elias really likes to understand words, and does not like it if I can’t explain them. This is mostly admirable, but problematic when he’s watching a cartoon in Spanish.

This morning, though, it was an English word he couldn’t quite parse.

E: Mom, what’s bazillions?
Me: It’s a made-up number. It just means so many you can’t possibly count.
Me: OH! Okay. Brazilians are people from Brazil, which is a country in South America.
E: *sigh* No, mom. What’s RESILIENCE?
Me: I will tell you what resilience is, but first you have to come over here and give me a hug, because you’re so cute I can’t stand it, and you didn’t lose patience with your poor deaf mother.


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