"Hello darling. Are you having a good time with
"Yes Mama. We went to the movies after school
yesterday. Mama, can I ask you something?"
"Eleanor, the line's very bad. I can't hear. Did you
"Yes Mama. I have to do a project for school. About
Sudan. Do you know anything?"
"What honey? No one is suing your dad. He's a lawyer.
He sues people for a living."
"I know that Mama. I asked about the
"Darling I have to go. Your Granma wants to say hello.
"Eleanor? How's my little cupcake?"
"Hello Granma. I'm fine. Do you know anything about
"Sue and Dan? Of course. But things like that aren't
for little girls' ears. Lips and kissing and nonsense like that.
Where did you hear about them?"
"My teacher told me. But I don't understand Granma.
Sudan is a country in Africa."
"Sue and Dan are going to Africa? Oh my! I wonder if
Dan's wife knows. Sweetheart, I have to call Kathy. You must come
visit soon. Granma loves you!"
"Eleanor? Have you finished on the phone? How's your
"She's okay. Daddy? Do you know anything about
"How did you find out about that?"
"My teacher told me I had to ask my parents about
"Really? Well, all I know about it is Dan gave Sue a
huge diamond necklace and a bun in the oven, and now Kathy is
divorcing him. Very ugly. Sue can barely hold her head up in
"Daddy I'm confused."
"Eleanor, honey; come into the kitchen. I can barely
hear you and I need help making supper anyway."
"Well class. Yesterday I told you to go home and find
out about different places. Who wants to go first? Dean? Alright
come to the front of the class."
"Egypt. Egypt is in Africa. Years and years ago, people
built the pyramids there, and the Sphinx and a beautiful lady
called Cleo - Cleopatra lived there. Moses was also born in
"Thank you Dean. Who's next? Eleanor?"
"Yes Mrs. Williams. My country was the Sudan. I asked
my mommy about it first and she said that people sue the lawyers
there for a living. Granma wanted to know why you told me about
that and said it wasn't for little girls to know. I think they
must do something bad to little girls there. Then my daddy said
that the people's heads always nod because they wear such heavy
necklaces. They must have very sore necks. Maybe they make little
girls wear really heavy necklaces? And I think there are a lot of
people called Sue and Dan there. Daddy said that Sue couldn't
hold her head up in public so she must wear a necklace too. Oh,
and they eat buns that they bake in ovens. Mrs. Williams? Are you
alright? Your face is all red. Mrs. Williams, why are you
snorting like a pig? Mrs. Williams?"