Hot on the heels of his last performance, Dante participated in the Stargate “wax museum” — each kid in his literacy class dressed up as a famous person, some historical and some current. Dante chose Galileo. Let’s go to the videotape:
I didn’t include all the other luminaries, but I left in a few for context — Betsy Ross, Lady Gaga, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln. I particularly enjoyed the opening sentences of Lincoln’s life story: “I was born Sunday, February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. Somebody shot me in the back of the head.”
Dante’s gesture before approaching the mic might require a little explanation. One night last summer, Dante toweled himself off from his bath and then, for no reason Laura or I could fathom, approached us, stuck his hip out, grinned hugely, leaned over, and said, “Abuuuuuuuuk!” (I would have spelled it “Aboooook”, but Dante insists it’s spelled with u’s, not o’s.) It’s a little hard to describe in text how absolutely hilarious this was to us. We all three laughed so hard we could barely breathe. It was just so adorable and so RANDOM.
Since then, “Abuuuuk” has been kind of a family in-joke. It died down for a while, but it experienced a major renaissance a few weeks ago, culminating in this onstage moment. Apparently Dante has not quite grasped that what makes his parents crack up might not have the same effect on a room full of strangers. No doubt he’ll keep honing his routine until he gets a few really strong bits.