I realized that my children can recite numerous lines to Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” except that they’ve never actually heard the song from those guys, just from the time Leslie Knope sings it, in that Parks & Recreation episode in which she accidentally performs a gay penguin marriage. So I just made them watch the video. I’ll admit: it was even more stupider than I’d remembered.
“Will Smith is, like, really, really old now, right?” M asked.
“He’s not that old.” I answered.
“Yeah, he has kids who are older than us.”
“Oh. . . so by ‘really, really old,’ you meant, ‘about my age’?”
“Yeah.” Of course she did.