If you haven't been tuning in, last night was the semi-finals, where the last three contestants were shown returning to their hometowns to be interviewed, worshiped and adored by their local fans. (Speaking of which, did anyone else cringe when the Mayor of Sarasota did a handstand in tribute to Syesha? Holy tuck in your shirt! Gives whole new meaning to 'political underbelly'.)
Anyway, in the back of her chauffeur-driven SUV, Syesha became very emotional about all the support she'd received and all she'd been through, and I think her Dad was in rehab once or something, etc. etc. and she started to cry.
"Why is she crying?" Gus asked.
"Because she's happy, and this is an emotional time for her, seeing all these people who love her."
He watched her cry a little more, his little eyes welling up with tears.
(He dabbed at his eyes with a plastic truck and looked away from me.)
"Gus, it's okay to cry ..."
(Dabbing, dabbing at the eyes.)
"Gus, it is okay to cry. This is a very emotional time, not just for Syesha, but for all of us. This is the American Idol SEMI-FINALS."