"Oh that's interesting," I said.
"No, really, " he went on, "For real. Harry and I are going to go back in time. With binary physics."
"Where did you learn about binary physics?" I asked him. I had never heard of such a thing.
"From a documentary on Albert Einstein of course," he replied. Its his new thing to say "of course" after every phrase now. David thinks its obnoxious and I love it, probably because I'm really obnoxious too. He doesn't say it with an implicit "Duh," more like he's saying, "Naturally."
"But when did you watch a documentary on Albert Einstein?" I pressed further.
"Oh, at Nana and Babbo's house," Primo said. That was surprising. Usually he only learned bad words and lousy habits there. But OK. I could accept this.
"Well I wish I knew something about binary physics to help you," I said.
"Oh that's OK," he said, "I know what I'm doing."
Since then, he's been talking to everyone who will listen about binary particles and time travel. At a communion party for my cousin's daughter a few weeks ago, he talked my uncle's ear off about it. And a few days later, a package arrived for Primo from amazon.com. It was a book, gifted by my uncle, called Six Not-So-Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman and the subtitle read: "Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time." You lost me at "not-so-easy" but Primo instantly curled up and began reading. Occasionally he'd ask me what something meant - things like "pedantic" and "escapade," but for the most part he charged through nobly, though I can't imagine he discerned much meaning from it.
A few days later we went to a kid's birthday party when David came over to me and said, "All I know is I just passed Primo talking to somebody's dad and the only bit of the conversation I caught was Primo saying, 'Speaking of quantum mechanics . . . '"
Am I am as smart as a second grader? The answer is clearly, "No."