It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Idle Chatter

From last month:

“I’m painting a very hot day.” George’s page is steadily turning solid red under his brush. “It’s so, so hot that the sun turned everything to fire.”

“Kind of like today?”

“Yeah. Mary, why don’t you have an air conditioner like at my house?”

“Some days it would be nice, wouldn’t it?”


“Did you know that when you paint things fast, they dry fast?”

“No, I didn’t know that.”

Still don’t, but it would be unkind to say so.

From last week:

Anna: “I’m doing sumpeeng my daddy. He doeen sumpeeng his daddy, too.”

Nigel: “It’s not for my daddy. It’s just to put on my wall. I’ll ask my mom if I can put these on my wall.”

Anna: “My daddy put the wall. My daddy might…so happy!”

Nigel: “You daddy will be happy because you made him a picture. He will put it on the wall.”

From yesterday:

George (who started SK last week and has dropped by after school to collect little brother Nigel): I made a new friend at school today!

Mary: Good for you! A new friend on the first day of school! A boy or a girl?

George: (incredulous) A boy, of course!!!

Mary: What’s his name?

George: I don’t know.

Mary: You didn’t ask him? Well, maybe you could find out tomorrow.

George: Why?

September 11, 2007 - Posted by | Anna, George, Nigel, the things they say!


  1. I started my daughter at a new day care yesterday. I asked if she met any new friends. She was very enthusiastic about it up until I asked their names. Then she got quiet. She didn’t know their names. So I asked about her teacher. nope. Who needs names when you’re having fun?

    Comment by ktjrdn | September 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. My Boy is the opposite of George in that he will know everyone’s name, even those people he doesn’t like.

    Comment by nomotherearth | September 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. Names just aren’t important, just the person. At least that’s Ian’s thinking.

    Comment by mamacita tina | September 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. My nephews describe classmates in terms of faces and behaviors. “He’s the squinty kid who eats paint.” “That’s the curly girl who kisses other girls.” And everyone knows who they are…to the point I have heard teachers and *parents* use the descriptors.

    Comment by BJ | September 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. Funnily enough, I remember my first day in first grade and I don’t think I ever asked anyone their names. I think I just learned them from listening when the teacher did the roll call. (Incidentally, within 5 minutes I was in trouble for talking! *lol*)

    Comment by Kat | September 12, 2007 | Reply

  6. I’ve been away from blogs for awhile. I love Nigel and Anna’s conversation and was blown away by what a “big kid” he seems now! So fun. Thanks for sharing. Kat- My desk was always pulled to the side of the class because I talked too much to the other kids. I knew their names AND wanted to be friends with ALL of them. LOL!

    Comment by twoboysmom | September 12, 2007 | Reply

  7. My 3rd grader still doesn’t find out names for a long time. Come to think of it, my 6th grader (both boys) took at least a week to learn the name of his new best friend.

    Comment by Katherine | September 13, 2007 | Reply

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