The other day, Elliot and another boy were talking to a man about joining Boy Scouts next year.

Man: We like to involve everybody’s parents, because kids can benefit from knowing and working with lots of different adults.

Elliot (fervently): That’s great!

Later, Donn asked him about it.

Elliot: Well, Dad, I don’t want to hurt your feelings. This is the best way to describe it. You know in Spy Kids when Carmen says, “But my parents can’t be spies—they’re not cool enough!” That’s what I meant.

Ouch! No longer cool for the 10-year-old set! We’re crushed.