"Can't believe your momma never taught you this", Alexa chuckled, her lips curling warm as though Ziccarra were her own daughter. "Does this mean my granddaughters don't know how to braid their hair too?", she jested, running her fingers through Ziccarra's hair, smoothing it softly. "Wait", Alexa paused, struggling to process what she was being told as she worked her hands through her daughter-in-law's hair, "The Soviet Union... collapsed?", she asked, her voice heavy with shock and disbelief, "And there was a truce?! Well I'll be damned", she chuckled, finding it impossible to rationalize the path history had chosen. "This is... it's a lot to take in. With the amount of doom and gloom about Soviet spies during my time, it's just crazy to think a truce was made".
"You know the government wanted to use Alexis as a weapon against the Soviets? Raise my boy as a weapon of mass destruction to point at any country you want like a gun to a criminal? Over my dead body", Alexa scoffed, crossing locks of Ziccarra's hair over others. "I still can't believe the Cold War's over. That dominated every aspect of our lives back then, hun. And I was at the heart of the system so I saw it all. How we'd come up with anti-Russian propaganda, put it on TV and everywhere we could. Always makin' the bad guys in movies Russian. The government really wanted people believin' that the Russians wanted to destroy our way of life", she recalled. "People thought the Soviet Union was hellbent on buryin' America in a sea of atomic fire. Most folk back then were ready for war, one way or another". The leaps in science and technology however, drew out a childlike sense of wonderment from Alexa.
"Hehe, a part of me wishes I was still alive to drive a car that fast", she confessed with a smirk. "So you can talk to anyone in the world face to face with these devices? This stuff was science fiction when I was still alive", she laughed. "Years later and people still can't get along huh? Can't say I'm surprised. If there's one thing I know well, it's people. And people are not all good. That's why mothers like you and I have to teach our kids to be nice to others, to share and show respect to their elders, and not to judge others for bein' different. Cause goodness is learned, it's taught. But I see people still choose teaching hatred instead", she sighed, disappointed at the lack of progress in the human race. "But I don't wanna turn this into anythin' somber. So I'll ask you this... is Looney Tunes still on TV?", she laughed, "But no, what I really wanna know is... what's music like now? How much has it changed?".
"After this, you're braidin' my hair. I'll walk you through it, hun", she smiled.