Thursday, October 13, 2005

Fanatics

I just have one question. Do people really buy those Survivor buffs that they advertise at the end of every segment of the show? And if so, who are these people?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

More words of wisdom

As you’ve read in past blogs, my little 3 ½-year old daughter, Boogie, is a genius. Here are just a few of the conversations we’ve had over the past few days.

Last night in the bath
She was splashing around in the bath, pretending to swim, or rolling on her back to be a mermaid with her hair flowing around her. She started kicking this little dolphin toy that floats in the bath. I told her to stop kicking it, that she might break her toy. “But mom, it’s PLASTIC,” she said. “It’s not going to break.” Oh.

Watching the news
The news reporter was talking about some issue in Sacramento, and said that it was issue of complexity. With the correct annunciation, Boogie said, “Mom, what’s complexity?” Damn it. How do you explain complexity? I didn’t even know a 3 ½-year-old could pronounce complexity. I stammered trying, trying to find the right worlds, “Well, it’s complex … kind if difficult … well, not really difficult … it’s just that it has a lot of things involved with it …” I could tell she didn’t understand, so I just said, “Hey, do you want to watch Cinderella?” Works every time.

On Materialism
We had just bought the newly released Cinderella DVD, and I brought it home to her. I was showing her the little necklace that came packaged in the DVD, which she was excited about, but when she saw the cover on the DVD box, she said, “But mom, I already have this movie.” She has the VHS version, but we had bought the DVD to start adding to her collection. “Maybe we can give this one to another little girl, because I already have one,” she said. I said, “Don’t you want this one, it’s newer.” She said, “No, I already have my own, so you can give this one away.” I hope she always keeps that giving attitude.

On Nutrition
Boogie was eating her dinner and drinking her milk. “Mom, milk is good for you. It keeps you healthy and strong.” She looked at the diet Coke that I was drinking and said, “What kinds of drinks do you drink?” I said, “Well, sometimes I drink soda, and sometimes juice. Sometimes I drink beer.” She said, “Mom, girls aren’t supposed to drink beer. Only boys drink beer. Girls are supposed to drink soda.” Okay. So I continued, “But water is really the best drink. “ She replied, “No, milk is the best drink. “ I stand corrected. I hope she always continues to drink milk. I can’t stand milk, so I’m a horrible role model, but as long as she likes it, and thinks that sodas are for grown-ups, I’ll keep those dairy farms in business.

On Reading
She has this DVD called the Letter Factory, which I highly recommend to anyone with a toddler. It helps kids learn the sounds of letters. She’s learned so much that a typical conversation will go like this:

“Mom, do I have a fever?” “Yes, hon, you have a little one.” “Fever … FFFF … Fever starts with F. Is Fever like the friend on Franklin?” “Franklin's friend has a fever?” “No, Franklin’s friend is Fever.” “Oh, no, his friend is Beaver.” “Oh, Beaver …BBB … Beaver starts with B.” The biggest breakthrough was when she was talking about our son. “Mom, Quinn is touching me! Quinn … QuQuQu … Quinn starts with Q.” That was amazing to me. She could have said C, or K, but knew that it was Q.

Like I said. She’s a genius!