Well, last night, he handed me one of his Hebrew books. While I do speak a number of foreign languages, Hebrew is not one of them. My knowledge of Hebrew is almost entirely limited to what I picked up from J. during various Jewish holiday prayers. I sort of made up a story as I flipped through the pages, and Kai didn't seem to mind too much. But later, after he'd gone to bed, I picked up the book again to try to figure out the real story. This is what I came up with:
Once upon a time, a racist gardener named Archibald Deusenheim planted the heart of his most recent hate-crime victim in his garden.
As Archibald slept off a particularly nasty hangover, the heart began to grow with the help of the sun, the moon, some clouds, a rainbow, acid rain, and a large floating clock.
Far sooner than was reasonably possible, a heart-shaped tree sprung from the ground. Seemingly pasted to it were all manner of... items. In addition to the standard tree fruits, Archibald also found a key, a boot, and what appears to be a very large sausage. A stray cat began following Archibald in the hopes of catching some scraps. Or rabies.
After harvesting his loot, Archibald went on his racist way, segregating the loot by color and passing them out the same way. The androgynous orange being got the orange foods, and in return, turned the gardener's hair and scarf orange.
A yellow pregnant lady got the yellow foods, and in return, turned Archibald's pants and shoes yellow. She also craftily managed to sneak a mouse in those same pants.
Nerdy brown boy got the brown foods (including the sausage and the boot), turning Archibald's hat brown. The mouse, while possible still in the pants, is no longer visible.
Finally, a small pink girl received the pink foods, including a strawberry the size of a watermelon. In exchange, she turned Archibald's shirt pink and he inappropriately touched her on the nose.
"Whose hearts are these?" they asked. But Archibald just laughed and juggled balled-up gray matter. "People who ask too many questions end up dead around me," he said with a grin.
Under sun, moon, rainbow, rain, and gray matter, they planted the hearts nervously. Orange person reached up to the heavens in fervent hope of salvation.
Far sooner than was reasonably possible, trees sprang up, this time in monochrome themes. Disturbingly, the pink girl's tree included someone's lips, perhaps as a warning that other colors stay away from her area.
And Archibald the racist gardener rolled away on his unicycle - which appeared out of nowhere - still juggling people's brains. Presumably, the mouse is still in his pants to this day.
Who needs to read Hebrew? I think it's pretty clear that I got the major storyline right.
Do you disagree?