It’s Not All Mary Poppins

If the Elastic Doesn’t do the Trick, we Can Put this Roof on his Head So he Can Know What God looks Like

George and Darcy peer over the baby gate at the top of the basement stairs. Given its location, it is a custom-made, high, solid, thick slab of wood with heavy-duty hinges and a substantial bolt. We’re taking no chances on a tumble down those rail-less stairs to the concrete floor below. Probably because it’s such forbidden territory, the basement fascinates with mystery and horror.

George and Darcy discuss. Random boy (aka Arthur) “converses”, too. It would be too generous to say that he “joined” the conversation, but perhaps we can say he “inputted” into the conversation. (We could say that, though the English major in me recoils from it. Still, the word conveys the reality (surreality?) of the conversation reasonably well…)

G: There’s an inky, stinky monster in the basement.
A: Let’s go build a house with the blocks.
D: A monster?
G: Yes, and we have to kill it.
A: A house with a door and a window and a roof.
D: How do you kill a monster?
A: Put a roof on top.
G: With this (elastic), but he’s not dead yet.
A: A tower in the corner.
G: Oh, he’s dead now.
D: Is he sad? Is he sad because he’s dead?
G: No, he’s not sad because now he knows what God looks like.
A: I winned!
G: No, I winned!
D: No, we all winned!
G,A: YEAH!!!

The End

May 25, 2006 - Posted by | Arthur, Darcy, George, random and odd, the things they say!


  1. That was great. Do the boys not notice that Arthur is completely off base with his comments? Or are they just really good at ignoring his comments?

    Comment by Angela | May 25, 2006 | Reply

  2. LOL. Gotta give it to Arthur for being persistent. Eventually he got them to join HIS conversation. Bryce often uses this little “persistence” trick to manipulate us away from our conversations, too. SIGH.

    Comment by Kristen | May 25, 2006 | Reply

  3. You must have the most amazing abs from laughing all day at these crazy kids.

    Comment by kittenpie | May 25, 2006 | Reply

  4. I think you could have left the initials off and by now I would know which child was which.

    Darcy the peacemaker.

    Comment by Granny | May 25, 2006 | Reply

  5. I’ve heard adult conversations go pretty much the same way. Two people having one conversation, while the other one or two people are talking about something altogether different. We don’t change that much as we get older do we? And scary to think they’ll all agree upon something, even though two different “solutions” came up.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | May 25, 2006 | Reply

  6. Angela: Arthur talks so incessantly that I think he becomes simply background noise to the other boys: the elevator music of daycare. I think they genuinely didn’t register him till the very end.

    Kristen: I watch this stuff, and I’m not sure of Arthur’s motivation. When he’s trying to engage in conversation, he’s much more in-yer-face. I think here he was just doing his standard voice-over which accompanies his every action. Did he intend it as conversation or merely as a running commentary for his own benefit? I’m not sure, but the joint effect was entertaining!

    Kittenpie: HA! I wish. Where are my abs? Don’t answer that – I can see them far too easily, thanks…

    Granny: You’re right. That is his nature. “Is he sad?” It would be Darcy who’d be most likely to ask, though George might, too. “We all winned!” Darcy all over. Such a nice boy.

    Mamacita Tina: Even though the solution had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the conversation that preceded it! I’ve seen adults do that, too…

    Comment by Mary P. | May 26, 2006 | Reply

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