The Monsters attended a Fireman’s Carnival while vacationing in New York. Papa recounts the story to friends.
Papa: The last float was a memorial to fallen veterans. It was a hearse with a coffin covered by an American flag. Monster Minor, upon seeing the float, exclaimed, “Hey, look! There’s a big box full of America!”
Monster Minor: You weren’t there! How do you know?
Papa: Because I see everything.
Monster Minor: Well, if your eyes can see everything, your ears are far behind.
It took me a while to contemplate what this statement meant. It was too deliberate to be the happenstance comment of a five-year-old. After a good long while, I discover that he’s referring to the fact that it was an auditory memory. If Papa “sees” everything, then his recounting of what Monster Minor actually said was several months delayed! Ha!