Today, I taught my child to say "ephemeral".

February 16th, 2014, 12pm

I remember when I first learned that marvellous, heartbreaking word. It was while reading Le Petit Prince, and the word was “éphémère”. Our teacher helped us grasp the meaning by comparing it to a shooting star in the sky, or a sandcastle on the beach. For the little prince, it was an essential part of a life worth living.

Standing on the coast near our home, watching my daughter draw a castle in the sand, I said the word aloud, and asked her to repeat it. I said the castle she drew was destined to wash away, its beauty short-lived. She said, “Like a shooting star?”, and then, “Why are you crying?”.

Today I taught my child to say “ephemeral”, and we walked in silence home.

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Evan Payne

On August 27th at 7:02am, my daughter, Sophie Evan Payne, was born. I am astounded. I'm just a melancholy pumpkin on springs. I'm also a filmmaker, joyously married, proficient at flute and guitar, decent at chess, and enjoy cooking. I'm doing my best to make an amazing life for my family.

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