It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Nigel, two-and-a-half, sits on my floor, playing with one of Emma’s shoes. (Because there are no toys around here, oh no.)

He looks up at me, his blue eyes wide in the luminous ivory of his face, his face which is ringed with blond curls.

“Mary? Mary, eventually we will go to the park?”

Stephen and I exchange glances. Stephen looks down at Nigel, says with great gravity.

“Eventually, Nigel. Eventually, but not inevitably.”


Nigel returns to the shoe.

August 9, 2007 - Posted by | Nigel, the things they say!


  1. Ah…and we think they don’t listen!

    Comment by Tater and Tot | August 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Heh. I love it. I love the evidence that parents talk normally to their kids and that yes, the kids listen and absorb and derive meaning from context. Pumpkinpie’s been coming out with some good stuff lately, too. Such fun.

    Comment by kittenpie | August 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. I love when they use ‘big’ words! It’s like the beginning of an era — or adulthood. Ha!

    Comment by Mama's Moon | August 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. lol, dumpling told the puppy his ‘behaviour wasn’t appropiate’, mmm, no idea where he heard that!

    Comment by jenny uk | August 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. Best one I’ve heard lately is the 7 year old who told a teacher it was “his perogative” as to whether or not he should was his hands before lunchtime.

    Comment by Kendra | August 10, 2007 | Reply

  6. I love the surprise vocabulary, we’re experiencing that too, with both Ian and Laurel. Fun stuff.

    Comment by mamacita tina | August 13, 2007 | Reply

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