ZOEY: Is tomorrow the weekend?
ME: Nope, but there’s no school because it’s a holiday.
ME: Do you remember what holiday it is?
ZOEY: Yes. It’s that king’s day.
ME: He’s not really a king. His last name is King.
ZOEY: Right Arthur Lunar King.
ME: Martin Luther King.
ZOEY: That’s what I said.
ME: Do you know why we celebrate him?
ZOEY: Because he made a very important announcement that we are supposed to treat brown people like everyone else.
ME: Close. He said that ALL people are supposed to be treated well. Black people, white people, ALL people.
ZOEY: What else?
ME: Okay, did you know that a long time ago they made black people ride in the back of the bus? They weren’t allowed to ride in the front.
ME: Yup. And they used to have bathrooms for white people and separate bathrooms for black people, and sometimes they didn’t even get a bathroom.
ZOEY: WHAT??!!!! So they had to pee-pee OUTSIDE?!!
ME: Or hold it.
ZOEY: That’s not good.
ME: No. But Martin Luther King Junior made people think differently and helped change these things.
ZOEY: Like what else?
ME: Like a long time ago, black kids and white kids couldn’t even go to the same schools.
ZOEY: And did white kids have more toys?
ZOEY: And did the black kids get more homework?
ME: Ummm, I don’t think so.
ZOEY: But it’s all better now.
ME: It’s much better now. But not all better. There are still a lot of problems.
ZOEY: Like what?
ME: Like people fighting about color.
ZOEY: What else?
ME: It’s not just about the color of your skin. Like did you know that women still get paid less than men?
ME: Yes. And some states don’t let gay people get married like everyone else.
ZOEY: What’s gay?
ME: Like when a man loves a man or a woman loves a woman.
ZOEY: Oh yeah. Like I love Lila.
ME: Kind of.
ZOEY: I’m going to marry her one day.
ME: If you decide to when you’re older.
ZOEY: And we’re going to play zombie hunt all the time.
ME: Uh-huh. Let’s talk more about Martin Luther King.
ZOEY: And we’re going to make zombie traps everywhere and put cheese in them because zombies like cheese.
ME: Did you-
ZOEY: And our kids are going to be really good zombie hunters and they’re going to kill them.
ZOEY: Did you know that zombies are actually really small like this big? (She held her fingers apart like a centimeter)
ME: No, I didn’t.
And that was that. I taught her about Martin Luther King Junior and she taught me about zombie hunting. Awesome.