It’s Not All Mary Poppins

The purpose of play

Malli sits on a small purple box. Nigel stands in front of her, bending at the waist so as to peer into her open mouth. He taps on her teeth with the red vinyl-coated baby spoon in his hand.

“What are you doing, guys?”

“I am opening my mouff for Nigel.” I turn to Nigel for elucidation.

“I am being a dentist.”

Ah. Nigel was at the dentist last week, so of course, being a toddler, he’s going to practice reality, decode the experience, play with it until he understands it.

“I’m cleaning Malli’s teeth.”

“What does Malli have to do?”

“She has to open her mouth and don’t bite and then I will give her a toy. But she has to don’t bite. That’s very important.”

“What happens if she bites?”

“Then the dentist stands up and rubs his hand and says “No biting” and maybe you won’t get a toy and maybe he will put a thing in between my teeth so no biting.”

Hmmm. The play/reality line’s a bit smudged here. I think Dr. Nigel’s Dentist may have had a teeny mishap last week.

February 25, 2008 - Posted by | health and safety, Nigel


  1. LOL! (Though I’m sure Nigel’s weren’t the first tooth impressions on the dentist’s hand!) Thanks for the smile this morning!

    Comment by LoryKC | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Funny, funny, funny! My kids will pretend to be the doctor, but never the dentist. They really dislike the dentist, and they’ve never had a cavity/filling, so I’m not sure of why the dislike.

    Comment by mamacitatina | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Oh that is hilarious. What a wonderful world you get to experience through all of them

    Comment by Dani | February 26, 2008 | Reply

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