It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Why, why, why?

The “Why Stage” is upon us. Specifically, it’s upon George.

I find that “why” questions fall into three main types:
Genuine requests for information;
Stalling/obedience evasion/to hold your attention;
Reflex (a.k.a. nonsensical).

I have endless patience with the first. I’m a born teacher, and give me an enquiring mind and you’ve made me a happy woman. The second class I largely ignore. The third class can be the funniest by far.

We approach the post office, and I announce the obvious:
“This is the post office.” To which George responds with a knee-jerk,
“Why?”
Completely nonsensical, of course. But it amuses me, so I decide to prod him a little on this one. I echo his question back to him.
“Why, George? Do you mean ‘Why is it the post office?'” I expect that he’ll see it as a bizarre question, but no, he’s still in reflex-why mode.
“Yes.Why?”
I decide I’ll throw it back to him and see how he fields it. “Good question. How about you tell me: Why is it the post office, George?”

He pauses, and a look of consternation crosses his face. I think he’s suddenly actually heard himself. Then his face clears and confidence returns.

“Because it just is.”

June 7, 2005 Posted by | Developmental stuff, parenting, the things they say! | Leave a comment

Pardon?

Zach finds a blue bear made from a balloon. “Ah-wuh-da-wah, Beh!”

Later, having dismantled the bear so that it is now simply a long blue balloon: “Ahwuhdawah. Ba-oon!”

Ahwudawah? I think it’s just filler, a very frilly “um”.

June 7, 2005 Posted by | Developmental stuff, the things they say! | 5 Comments

Vocabulary Quiz

Thomas: I have an extra gator at my house!
Me: You have an “extra gator”?
Thomas: Yeah! For the foundations!

Oooohhh… I get it!
Do you?

June 7, 2005 Posted by | memes and quizzes, random and odd, the things they say! | 2 Comments