A real-life conversation/drama from the Hough home:
Lucy: Mama, let’s play that you’re Christopher Columbus and I’m Leif the Lucky.
Mama: But...you do know that Leif Ericson died hundreds of years before Columbus was born, right?
Lucy: I know. This is just pretend.
Mama (a.k.a. Columbus): Um, ok. Uh...what are you doing here, you red-headed young man? You don’t look like you’re from India.
Lucy (a.k.a. Leif): This isn’t India, silly! This is America! I found it first!
Columbus: Oh, okay.
Leif: (in a whisper) Mama, you are supposed to argue with me.
Columbus: Oh. Right. What are you talking about? I sailed here, to India! I discovered this land! Where’s the gold? Where are the spices?
Leif: There’s no spices! This isn’t India! It’s Vinland! I came here and I saw vins, that’s how I knew to call it Vinland!
Columbus: Well, what about the Indians? Weren’t they here first?
Leif: They’re not real Indians. Real Indians are...way different. But, um, you can call them that.
Columbus: Well, then, where’s my gold to take back to Spain?
Leif: I told you, there’s no gold. Only vins.
Columbus: I still think it’s India.
Leif: (rolling eyes) Listen. My parents took me in a rocket to outer space. They took me there so I could see what the whole world looked like, because there’s no good maps of it yet. I saw the world, and I know: the world is round. And this is not India. This is America. You’re in the wrong spot.
Columbus: Oh! Well, you must be right then. I’ll just take some of these potatoes and go back to Ferdinand and Isabella.
Leif: Wait! Mama! You’re supposed to keep arguing!
But I had nothing on Viking space ships. I hauled my potatoes onto the Santa Maria and contemplated whether the next day’s history lesson should focus on the difference between North and Central America or... timelines.