“Daddy, do you wish that dinosaurs were still around today?”
“I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about it.”
“But if you thought about it, would you want them to still be around?”
“I don’t think so,” said the middle-aged man. “It would be kind of scary, having those big dinosaurs stomping all over the place.”
The little boy sighed, as if frustrated by always having to explain everything to his imagination-starved father. “But it would only be herbivores stomping around. No meat-eaters allowed.”
“Okay. Well, that makes me feel a little bit better.”
“What’s your favorite dinosaur?”
“Hmmm,” the man said, looking both ways before pulling onto the main road. It was a question he’d gotten a lot recently, so he should have been ready with an answer, but he wanted to come up with something flashier this time. “I’d have to say my favorite dinosaur is…the Stegosaurus.”
The boy giggled. “That can’t be your favorite dinosaur. That’s mine!”
“Why can’t we have the same favorite?”
“Because it was my favorite first,” he said. “I like how Stegosaurus has spikes on his tail, so he can use it against his predators.”
The father nodded, having seen his son demonstrate a Stegosaurus “tail sweep” more than a few times in the downstairs TV room.
The child looked out the window at the beige winter landscape. “Daddy, do I have to go to school today?”
“Yes, you do.”
“I wish it were summer already.”
The dad chuckled, thinking how the swimming pool would open in just three short months, which would have seemed like an eternity back when he was in Kindergarten.
“It’ll be here before you know it,” he said, trying to sound hopeful.