It's the same look he gave me when I got stuck helping him with his algebra homework back in fifth or sixth grade - a span of time described in parenting terms as seems like yesterday.
One day he is wide-eyed with disbelief at the discovery that I don't know everything.
The next, he is open-mouthed at the revelation that I know anything at all.
Good god, I think, does he believe all these books scattered across the house are here for decoration?
But I don't say it. I remember how dumb my parents were when I was 17.
Also, William Howard Taft was just a lucky guess.
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - The Great Gatsby, by William Howard Taft.
Photo: Boy, Esq. with Lego Richard Nixon, who I believe succeeded William Howard Taft as president of the United States.
from the Boy, Esq. archives: Payback is a mother