Tuesday, October 7, 2008

More on Wall Street, Hurricanes: Trouble the Water

Little Morgan, my niece, recently signed on to Gchat for the first time. She's 9 years old. So the latter part of my evening is now spent staring at two open chat boxes, one from her and one from my brother. We're a true American family.

I took the opportunity today to tell my little doppelganger about what's happening on Wall Street. (I'm a bad person!)
Morgan: helllllloooooooooo
me: hi there baby! just get home from school?
Morgan: ya i just got home i am also talking to daddy
Morgan: what are you working on at work
Sent at 4:53 PM on Tuesday
me: i'm editing an interview of a businessman who lost his job
Sent at 4:57 PM on Tuesday
Morgan: why did he lose his job?
me: well because he worked at a big bank on Wall Street and the bank closed.
Morgan: because of the hurricane?
was he mean?
me: haha, no not because of the hurricane -- though that probably didn't help. he was greedy and he was doing sneaky things, so he might have deserved it. he tricked a lot of people into giving him their money
Morgan: oh that is not good. we still haven't fixed the fence.
(Maaaayybe my explanation was a bit of an oversimplification, but ... not really and she's 9, I tell myself guiltily. But I already did a nice tribute to WS in "Perks of Fall Street.")

My family lives about 20 minutes from Galveston, where Hurricane Ike recently ravaged the city, hence baby Morgan's immediate assumption that the businessman above must've been affected by the catastrophe that's affected the Grices.

It got me thinking about a review I read in Salon earlier for "Trouble the Water," a documentary about Hurricane Katrina. It looks great; and I can't help but feel grateful that things didn't go worse for the Grices or anyone else when the rains came.


4 comments:

RAYMOND said...

Always interesting trying to explain the world to little ones. often i don't even fulling understand what is really happening

Paramendra Bhagat said...

Mystery solved. There is a holiday photo of you somewhere - Facebook? - on a horseback, that looks like you but young, but can hardly see the face, and I have been confused. Is that her? Is that not her? Is that an early life photo imposed on a contemporary barn? Horse? I gave up trying. Now I know.

Paramendra Bhagat said...

LOL LMAO Ha ha Ha! Glory is to God!
Morgan: because of the hurricane?
was he mean?
me: haha, no not because of the hurricane -- though that probably didn't help. he was greedy and he was doing sneaky things, so he might have deserved it. he tricked a lot of people into giving him their money
Morgan: oh that is not good. we still haven't fixed the fence.

Paramendra Bhagat said...

Good to know you are an Einstein fan.
Gitanjali, the closest thing to a Bible I have.
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