We’ll Doubtlessly Be Revisiting This Topic Sooner Or Later

Yesterday while driving with my son in the backseat, he asked me a question while we were stopped at a stoplight.

“Dad, what’s this?” he asked.

Glancing in the rearview mirror, I was treated to the sight of my son giving me the finger.

Huh, I thought.  I figured I still had a few more years, at least, before I’d see that.  Out loud though, I just asked, “What do you mean?”

“I mean what is this finger called?” he clarified.

“Oh!” I chuckled.  “It’s just called the middle finger.”

“So there’s thumb, pointer finger, middle finger, um . . .”

“Then ring finger,” I supplied.  “Because traditionally that’s the finger a ring goes on.”

“Ring finger, and pinkie finger,” he said sounding satisfied.  “Thanks, Dad.”

“Any time, son.”


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