Conversing with the 4-Year-Old
Excerpts from conversations with my 4-year-old after picking her up from school today:
M: "Can you help me because I don't know what homework is?"
J: "Do you want an example of how a knock-knock joke is supposed to work?"
J: "Ok, knock, knock."
M: "Who's there?"
M: "Cars who?"
J: "Cars I love you."
M: peals of laughter, "Knock, knock."
J: "Who's there?"
J: "Cars who?"
M: "Tree!" laughs even harder.
J: Getting ready to close the rain cover on the bike trailer,"Ok, now remember that because of the rain, I won't be able to hear you while we ride home. We'll just have to talk when we get there. [15 min, max] Unless it's important, then just yell."
. . . a little later, about half-way home
M: SCREAMING FROM THE TRAILER!
M: something that sounds like it could be "LOOK AT THAT CASTLE!"
J: Since there's no obvious castle, stops on the side of the road and turns around: "What did you say Maya?"
M: "LOOK THAT BUILDING OVER THERE [a church we pass about twice daily]! IT LOOKS LIKE A CASTLE! IT LOOKS JUST LIKE A CASTLE!"
J: "Yes, yes it does." (And important is relative.)
On the agenda this afternoon:
- Look up pictures of panthers, because we established on the way to school that they are not pink in the real world.
- Investigate how much an ant can really carry (same inspiration).
Both very important inquiries.