Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

push off, peckyface!

Thing 2 has a new saying.

We read the book 'Go to bed, Doodlehead' to her, and within it is a bit where a grumpy cat says that phrase to a chicken.

after the first reading, thing 2 was using it in context-appropriate places with huge enthusiasm.

Im not sure whether Im more impressed by her grasp of context, or the enthusiasm with which she wields this new weapon.

...I think Im going to have trouble with this one...
Permalink worldsSmallestViolin 
July 18th, 2007 9:11pm
that phrase sounds oddly familiar to: "fuck off, perckerhead"

suddenly I think the barrier to entry to writing childrens books is much lower than I had previously anticipated.
Permalink Send private email arg! 
July 18th, 2007 9:14pm
Just wait until Thing 2 tells a complete stranger "My you have a big ass!"
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 18th, 2007 9:14pm
no problem with that at the moment.  currently all that is required to render Thing 1 and Thing 2 into total silence is for a stranger to speak to them.

instance, total, silence.

sometimes after the stranger gives up and moves on, Thing 1 looks at me and says "I didn't say anything. he he he"

..its actually vaguely starting to worry me...
Permalink worldsSmallestViolin 
July 18th, 2007 9:17pm
Clearly they are telepaths.
Permalink Aaron 
July 18th, 2007 9:33pm
One of the primary, but unsurprising, observations here is that Thing 1 and Thing 2 are human beings. Such beings display their naturally intelligent and human nature much earlier than most people tend to allow for. Why is this a  surprising revelation to parents? I'm sure I don't know.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 18th, 2007 10:34pm
> Why is this a  surprising revelation to parents?

Parents believe they are in control of their little tabulae rasae. So how dare junior learn how to use plurals before the parent has taught them.

(I, for one, had to Google the Latin plural of that term. That's one thing my parents never taught me.)
Permalink Send private email pavel ignorovich 
July 18th, 2007 10:43pm
They aren't surprised.  They are boasting "gee my kid _gets_ sarcasm/irony/jokes".

Kinda like "my sperm made a human that's smart! w00t! I'm a better human because of that!"
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 18th, 2007 10:44pm
not really.  I think surprised is more accurate.

maybe its just me but I am constantly surprised at signs of unique humanity from my children.

its just so hard to understand where it comes from.  them regurgitating stuff I teach them I can understand, but the way they get stuff by themselves is, quite literally, breathtaking.

my children are, literally and constantly, a source of deep surprise.

they are so perfectly themselves.

this morning I was taking the girls in the pram down to the local supermarket.  they elected to hop out and walk a ways, so I lifted them down.
Thing 1 accidentally dropped her snack and the following conversation ensued:

Thing 1: "I dropped my snack". 

Thing 2: "Why did you drop your snack?" 

Thing 1: "Because I wasn't being careful." 

Thing 2: "Why weren't you being careful?" 

Thing 1: "Im not going to tell you."

That conversation both hugely amused me and broke my heart.  They are both so perfectly true to their own natures.

My 2 girls are the most genuinely surprising, deeply astonishing, perfectly honest people in the world.

..and anyone who cannot understand that is guilty of nothing worse than complete ignorance.
Permalink worldsSmallestViolin 
July 18th, 2007 11:08pm
>> guilty of nothing worse than complete ignorance.

No, guilty of not having kidd of their own.  It's endlessly fascinating to speculate where some behaviors come from.  sometimes we see or hear what our daughter is emulating, other times we have no idea and it seems obvious that she's putting together her own lines of thought. 

I _know_ I'm a stud because my awesome genes created such a beautiful, intelligent kid.  Hot babes like the Transformers chick ought to be seeking me out to get some of my genetic goodness.
Permalink ward on a treo 700p 
July 18th, 2007 11:19pm
> Thing 1 looks at me and says "I didn't say anything. he he he"

In a year or two you will be telling them /not/ to speak to strangers. As usual, the kids are ahead of us.
Permalink man on the stair 
July 19th, 2007 8:05am

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