29 April 2008

Wittenberg roulette

We had a great civics lesson with our 5-year-old yesterday watching the 60 Minutes profile of Justice Scalia yesterday. There was a lot of good stuff in it, but naturally this stuck with me most:

Narration: The marriage has flourished: they have 9 children and 28 grandchildren.

Leslie Stahl: Why so many children?

Maureen Scalia: Well, as someone said, they’re both overachievers, I guess.

Justice Scalia: Well, we didn't set out to have nine children. We're just old-fashioned Catholics, you know? Playing what used to be known as "Vatican roulette."

That's right, girls; nine kids is the rough vocational equivalent of Supreme Court Justice (maybe because you could fill the bench with your own children). Mrs Scalia--and Mrs Stuckwisch!--we salute you.