Bejeezus

The kids like to scare me by trying to jump out from under the covers and yell "BOO!". I like to pretend that I'm scared of their tactics. The other day I decided to return the favor by suddenly entering their room and yelling "BOO!". I managed to scare Vian and he started giggling in fear and shrunk back under his comforter. 

Me: Hey Vian, looks like I scared the bejeezus out of you. 

Vian: No! No! I'm not scared. I don't even have any bejeezus, so you didn't really scare any bejeezus. 

Conversation with an 8yo

Me: Whoa! It's very late, we should have started getting ready for bed 20 mins ago. 

Sempi: 20 minutes isn't that much. If you think about it, it is only 4 time 5 minutes. 

Sempi: And if you think about it, 5 minutes is just 5 times 1 minute. 

Sempi: And if you really think about it, 1 minute isn't that long.

That's the spirit. I should remind him of this conversation when he starts doing planks. 

Conversations with an 8yo

Sempi gets very creative when he's building Lego structures. So I asked him about it.

Me: How did you get so good at building these lego creations, Sempi?

Sempi: I don't know, I just like building things.

Me: Would you say that I should just keep building things and I'll get better over time?

Sempi: It is easy to create something for yourself. You know what you want and you can make a place for a boat or an airplane in your creations. It comes easily when you know what you want.

This sounded vaguely familiar and then I realized this is a paraphrasing of one of Paul Graham's advice about startups.

Build something you yourself want.




Michelangelo

Tonight we read Calvin and Hobbes for bedtime. After I read the comic strip above, I tried to explain a little about Michelangelo. 

Me: Remember, Michelangelo, we saw the statues he made when we went to Italy?

Sempi: Yeah.

Me: He's a great sculptor. Do you guys remember the David statue?

Vian: I know who Michelangelo is, he's a TURTLE!

o_O

Musings of an 8 year old

Vian was playing with his stuffed animals.

Vian: Watch my deer. It can do a somersault backwards.

Sempi: (thinks for a bit, turns to me)... if you call a flip a somersault, do you call a backward flip a wintersugar

Me: What a terribly missed opportunity. They just call it a reverse somersault, those unimaginative linguists.