It’s Not All Mary Poppins

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

“That’s MY tower!” Tyler’s stack of duplo block is about waist-high. His waist. My knee.

“It’s a big one!” Big sister Emily is impressed (and kind.)

“Yes, it’s big. It’s the CN Tower!” Tyler declares, reflecting their recent trip to Toronto, no doubt.

“It’s the Eiffel Tower!!!” Emily smiles and sweeps her arms wide, letting Tyler know she’s talking about something HUGE!! (I’m impressed. They’ve been to Toronto, but never Paris. And yes, I know the CN Tower is taller, but apparently she doesn’t.)

Tyler is just bursting with pride in his edifice. It’s big! It’s the CN Tower!!! It’s the Eiffel Tower!!!!! It’s… it’s… it’s…

“It’s my PENIS!!!”

August 16, 2010 - Posted by | Emily, sex, the things they say!, Tyler | , , , , ,


  1. *dies laughing*

    You and me both, sister!

    Comment by rosie_kate | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. Oh dear. They do start early, don’t they?

    My mom once said “the world would be an easier place if we women were as fascinated with their penises as they are…”

    Oh, they do. This is not the first time I’ve heard this, not by a long chalk! Your mother? She is a wise woman.

    Comment by Carolie | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hahahahaha! Love it!

    Isn’t it great? He’s so cute — and so totally, sweetly innocent in his (totally hyperbolic) pride.

    Comment by MJ | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. well, he’s proud if nothing else!

    Yup! Of his tower and his… tower. 😀

    Comment by CC-UK | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  5. so glad there’s no-one else in the room just now, cos I’m practically rolling on the floor… Mary, my (no-longer existent) pelvic floor needs warning before posts like this!!

    Comment by Gillian | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  6. I do hope that when the real world of the locker room raises its ugly head the kid isn’t disillusioned! This is the kind of story that explains what keeps us in the field. Where else can you be this amused so cheaply?

    Comment by jwg | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  7. And who says all those towers & monuments & other tall edifices AREN’T phallic?! Ha! Brilliant… and almost beer-out-the-nose funny.

    Comment by Ms. Huis Herself | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  8. He has the vision of a great paddle pool designer.

    Comment by Maisy | August 19, 2010 | Reply

  9. Those summer swimming pools have had a lasting effect… 🙂

    Comment by Maggie | August 19, 2010 | Reply

  10. Truly awesome.

    Comment by IfByYes | August 19, 2010 | Reply

  11. This is purely wonderful. However, you left out a part of the story. In so many anecdotes, I am always the one when they are done saying “And then what!?”

    So… what did you do? How did his sister respond?

    She gave him the Big Sister Look, and said, in a very maternal way, “Oh, Tyler, you silly goose. Your penis isn’t nearly that big, at all.” And Tyler? Just nodded and the conversation rolled on to different things.

    Comment by Jace | August 19, 2010 | Reply

  12. Bahaha!!!!

    Comment by HG | August 19, 2010 | Reply

  13. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog. It’s amazing. I’m a nanny myself… and I have a blog, but I’m just starting out. I hope one day to have as many fun experiences and great wisdom as you do.

    Comment by vrmatz | August 22, 2010 | Reply

  14. The kids in my family below 5 don’t even know the word, they just say ‘main part’. I guess that says a lot. The definition of innocence does seem to change with every generation.

    My attitude has always been that, given their total innocence, there is no need to give them alternate names for any body part. Their genitals are not intrinsically more interesting or significant to them than their bellybuttons, their ears, or their elbows… until, that is, they start to pick up from squeamish adults and eager-to-inform older children that there is some mysterious significance to those particular parts.

    Comment by nmaha | September 3, 2010 | Reply

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