Diego Stories: A Role ModelWhile generally adults are supposed to be role models for children, with Diego it's usually the other way around. I learned this first hand.
I accompanied Diego and his dad to a choir audition. The kids auditioned 3 at a time and when Diego emerged, I asked him how he did. Then I asked about the other kids who went in with him.
Me: How did the other boys do?
Diego: OK I guess.
Me: What about the fat kid? Can the fat kid sing?
Diego (looking at me kindly with what seemed a slight look of pity for my brutishness): Don't say "Fat" say "Plump."
Sheepish looks followed from me.
Diego is a 10 year old catholic boy and the child of friends of mine. He is a child prodigy of piety. The stories about him are so unusual I decided I should record them. His brother, Matteo, is his opposite.