Sunday, September 7, 2008

Boyish certitude picks Obama

A mother and her son walked into the coffee shop yesterday, apparently to study together. The boy, who couldn't have been more than about 13, had a bookishness and subtle frailty about him that reminded me a little of Haley Joel Osment in some of his earlier films.

My coworker Christopher complimented him on his oversized "Obama '08" T-shirt, and the boy, with all possible earnestness and conviction, responded in his prepubescent squeak, "He's going to win."

His certainty, which reminded me of a child's surety that an ailing pet is going to pull through, was the most touching thing I've seen all week.

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