It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Unclear on the concept

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeemwork! What’s going to work? Teeeeemwork!”

A phrase from a happy-shmappy kiddie recording, no doubt.

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeemwork!”

It started with Timmy, but it’s a catchy little lyric, particularly when you’ve heard it 428 times in three hours, and soon they’re all droning singing it.

“What’s going to work? Teeeeemwork!” It bounces back at me from every corner. From Timmy sitting on the couch with a book. From Emily, sitting in front of the fan, face lifted beatifically to the breeze. From Malli, putting dollies to bed. From Nigel, trotting across the room with one of the bear bags.

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!” Lots of enthusiasm, lots of repetition. And of course, it’s a good concept. We hear it echo down through the morning, as we go about our usual round of activity and play.

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“That’s MINE! MY train!”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“Timmy pushed me, Mary.”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeemwork!”

“You can’t have one of those because they’re only for big kids.” This from a two-year-old to a three.

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“Me, too! It’s me turn! Me, too!”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“I don’t like that. Don’t hit my bucket with that train.”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“You can’t pull the train there!”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“Is you going-a give me a turn yet?”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“My daddy is taller than your daddy.”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“My mommy is taller than your daddy.” (It’s true.)

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“Stop it! You’re squishing me!”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“He ated my plum!”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

“Don’t stand there. You’re in my way.”

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

Of course, just because you know the word, doesn’t mean you have a FLIPPING CLUE what it means. Obviously. I think we’ll be working on this one for a while. But hey, at least we know the solution:

“What’s going to work? Teeeeeeemwork!”

June 10, 2008 Posted by | aggression, daycare, manners, the things they say! | , , | 13 Comments