Not Till They Tell You
This morning I walked into the kitchen and noticed a new January calendar on the fridge in place of the old December one. I wondered where we got it before I recognized my sister’s digital artwork — it was just like last year’s 2009 calendar she gave us.
.“Did Aunt Lindsay add an extra January to our calendar?” I asked Trinity, who was standing next to the fridge, and who had appointed herself the monthly calendar flipper..She didn’t answer because she had no idea what I was talking about.
.And then I got it. Trinity had flipped the calendar back to the beginning -- to January 2009. Of course, there would be no way for her to know that you can’t just reuse the same calendar over and over again; you wouldn’t know, at least not until someone explains to you that the numbers and the days change every year.
And I wonder if she’ll always remember that moment as the moment she learned how calendars and days work, the same way I remember when my mom explained to me that ellamenapee is not a single letter of the alphabet, but five different letters.