The backstory: I listen to NPR news with a rather passionate devotion and JT, forced to consume the same media, generally tolerates my listening habits. Every once in a while, however, he shows interest in an actual story. Usually, it's a sports story that draws him in but his interests seem to be more varied of late, as the following conversation indicates.
JT: Can I turn on the news when I go upstairs?
Mama: Sure. Why?
JT: There's a story I want to hear.
Mama: What is it about?
JT: Drug cartels in El Salvador and Mexico.
Mama: Drug cartels in El Salvador and Mexico?……Should I be concerned?
JT: Shhhh, I'm listening to the story.
Maybe I should look more closely at his backyard activities.