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  • Nazis are gathering not far away, for their annual march.

    It's the day of the Nobel prize award ceremony.

    The kids father is making preparations for a much anticipated press conference that he's arranging.

    The kid himself is slicing cheese. With varied success. Some pieces turn out solid, others just pickings. He wants them to be large. The success is measured by holding the piece against his eye. The more of the eye it covers, the bigger is the piece, and the greater his success. His technique gets better all the time.

    Later, that same day, we are going to friends for an advent gathering with mulled and spiced wine, home cooked candy and saffron buns. I tell him about this.

    "Will there be any snakes there to watch?" he asks.
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