Native Americans from Mars

Our small friend Hamish is learning so much in preschool. At the holidays, especially. He came home one day last week and told his Moms that the Native Americans did not live on the Earth. Yes, he insisted, they were not on this planet!

Where did this information come from? School! The teacher! A book. He was very sure of it. When it's one of these things, you know that your kid always ends up "right." But whether it's your kid's fertile imagination or small vocabulary or something another kid said that sends them off after a strange idiom, can be a mystery.

Day after day Hamish's Moms tried to discover the source of this problem. They twisted their heads this way and that.

At last, the game of "telephone" was made clear: He had been told that the Native Americans lived "off the land."


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