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I filmed a commercial for LeapFrog this morning, which meant loads of kids on set. And of course, their mothers hopped them up on sugar, fed them sodas (but they're free!) while they waited off stage, and turned them loose onto me and the other actors playing parents. Most of the kids I was working with were just fine, hey, I'm good with kids of a certain age. But the other actors you could tell were very quickly losing patience.

And then there was Charlie. Charlie was a mop-headed blonde kid with big Basset hound blue eyes, about six years old. Charlie had on a Superman t-shirt. But it was no ordinary Superman symbol, it was inside a Star of David. So I asked him, "Did you know that Superman was the most awesome Jew that ever fought comic book crime?" And I expected a blank look because again, he was about 5 or 6.

"Uh huh! He's my favorite! This is a Star of David! I'm a Jew!"

I asked him if he had a lovely Seder last night and he about flipped out. YES. AND HE LOVES MATZOH. AND AND AND... He was off running. (Verbally, not physically.) And we talked about how awesome Passover is, and he told me about the plagues and he told me about his favorite foods, and how he gets to find the matzoh tonight and how he's a Jew because his mom is, but his dad is only a Christian but he's helping Charlie be the best Jew he can be.



This is before he held my hand and sang for me "No Woman, No Cry." And then some G-n-R. (Welcome to the Jungle, natch.) I almost stole him away, and I told his mother so. Coolest kid ever. (I asked him about Hanukkah, and if that was his favorite because it's eight days and eight crazy nights, which led him to sing that song for me. We got along swimmingly. And yes, it's his favorite because 8 days of gifts is "way better than one lousy night" of gifts. LOL.)

Some days it's lots of fun doing what I do. And some days it just takes one cool person to not make me rethink this whole gig. And since I stayed up waaaaay too late to get up so early, I'm off to nap in the sunshine.

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stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
HE WAS TOO CUTE. Like, he's that little kid that gets hired because he "looks cute" and then turns out? HE ACTUALLY IS AWESOME. He kept sticking his tongue out while he willed his hands into pommesgabels.

lml -_- lml <-- OMG I WANT TO STEAL HIM.
fabrisse
Mar. 30th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I love kids like that. The "cool" ones are so dull and the babyish ones don't interest me. But there are kids who will carry on long conversations on subjects that fascinate them, and I find myself fascinated with them -- even if it's a subject I usually find dull. Enthusiasm and understanding go a long way in my world.
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
He was so excited to talk to me about music. And goodness: who wouldn't want to talk about the Beatles with a 6 year old? It's too much!
lolz
Mar. 30th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I have a very large soft spot in my heart for Jews (and gingers). This just made that large spot even more large.
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
He was the cutest thing that ever cuted, I'm telling you.
flaming_muse
Mar. 30th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's awesome! I bet you made his day.
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
He made mine, that's for sure. (And seriously, how cute is it when a little kid reaches up to hold your hand?? HEART = MELTED.)
dovil
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
YAY! Hey, if you get the chance you should put it up on You Tube so us plebs can have a gander!

You know what would have been even more awesome, crouching down, tousling his little head and telling him that god doesn't exist and that when he dies it's lights out for good. AND IT COULD HAPPEN ANY TIME!

And that's how I lost my job at the daycare centre.
kita0610
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
That's only true for non-Jews. Duh.
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dancetomato
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
*is ded from teh cute*
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
DT I ALMOST ATE HIM UP.
kita0610
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
\0/
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
HE WAS SO JEW PROUD I JUST MELTED. I MEAN. COME ON!
tinkerbell86ca
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
That kid rules so much, like seriously rules. Reminds me of when my friends kids were younger, we would have discussions about politics (!!), pop culture, food, fun stuff like that. Also reminds me of high school, in one class I helped out with grad 2s, One little boy, the sweetest little guy ever, brought me a Christmas gift . . I am still using it nearly 7 years later!

(oh, by the way, I friended you because you seem cool, and my friend linked me to your Twilight posts. I like you, you seem really nice.)
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Hello! Welcome aboard the crazy train. :D

I love it when kids are so happy about a topic and just can't help but ramble. Especially when it's something that defines them, too. SO CUTE.

And how cute about the little boy with the gift for you!
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a2zmom
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
That kid is adorable. And his comment that his dad is only a Christian cracked me up.
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
I tried not to laugh when he said that, too, because he was so EARNEST about it! (And I later talked to his mom - what a cool lady. The complete opposite of the typical stage mom.)

He's very excited about looking for the special matzoh tonight. <3
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eccequambonum
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
OMG. i totally would have walked off with that kid. ::diez::

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stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
IT WAS SO HARD NOT TO DO JUST THAT!!
killclosedrown
Mar. 30th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Too much Jew!bb adorable! (>.<);
stoney321
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
TOO ADORABLE - HE NEEDED TO BE TWINS JUST TO CONTAIN IT, ZOMG.
underthethrow
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
this is adorable
justhuman
Mar. 31st, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
In related cool, I just found this in the news today - Next Year in the White House: A Seder Tradition
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't that the neatest???
nwhepcat
Mar. 31st, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
He sounds like the most adorable child in the history of ever. (Of course, you got him started, because you engaged him.)
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I wish all kids were like that. Boring/whiney/petulant kids are the worst.

GIMMIE THE KIDS WITH WONDER, YAY!
moosesal
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Awesome kid. And awesome shirt.
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I totally want the shirt, won't lie.
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