Anders [repeatedly]: “Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a heater, accidentally flipped the switch and barbequed his wiener.”
Me [every time]: [Cringe] Ah man, that’s horrible. Ewwww….[etc.]
Anders [after the 50th time]: What? It’s a silly song. It’s funny.
Me: Yeah, but it’s kinda gross, and I shouldn’t even be so bothered by it. I don’t even have a wiener.
Anders [thinking]: Huh? Whaddya mean?
Me: Hmmm, well, nevermind.
Anders: [thinks more]
I’m happy that he is so still innocent. I did not expect that, what with the boy giggling and being so smart and all. I’m sorry that I may have been the one to introduce this concept.
Anders got a new Lego set today from Matty and family. He was trying to put it together outside with Henry. Nora enters and also tries to “help.”
Anders & Henry: Nora! No! Nora is messing with the legos! No Nora! [etc. etc.]
Me [after waiting to let them resolve it]: Boys, stop saying “no” to her. You see that it’s not working. Give her something to DO instead.
Nora [whispering to Anders]: Distract me.
Sheesh, can a kid be any more astute?
Anders then picked up an empty soap bottle that Nora uses in her play kitchen, and threw it across the yard. My response was, “she’s not a dog!” but Nora took the bait. She retrieved it and they played name-the-silly-Nora-cat-dog while continuing to play fetch. The boys took turns playing with Nora, while the other built part of the lego kit. Who knew?
Nora is also practically begging to learn another language. She likes to talk in nonsense “Spanish,” which tends to hit the right sounds. She’s always making up her own words with their definitions, and is quick to correct our poor pronunciation. Today she asked me how to say “yes” in Spanish, and about 45 minutes later answered one of my questions with “si.” How am I going to keep up with this kid?