Picture Day

Vian is back from school, wearing a button up shirt and slacks.

Me: Vian, you look dapper today. 

Vian: Yeah. Today was picture day.

Me: Oh yeah. Did you guys go out and take a picture?

Vian: No. It was just someone else taking the picture. I didn't take the picture.


Talking to my kids is the best way for me to realize how imprecise my communication is. 

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.

Bug not a Feature

We are having dinner. Sempi is eating enthusiastically and suddenly cried out, "AAARGH!".

Me: What happened?

Sempi: I accidentally bit my tongue while chewing.

Me: I'm sorry Sempi, that must be quite painful.

Vian who is listening to all this plays around with the food in his mouth and suddenly declares:

Vian: You can actually bite your tongue anytime you want, not just on accident.

Me: That's.... that's not a feature Vian, it's a bug.

Not a Dinosaur

I'm reading a bedtime story to the kids. There's a picture of a Pterosaur in one of the pages.

Vian: That is not even a dinosaur.

I am quite proud that he know that Pterosaurs are not Dinosaurs.

Me: Oh, what are they?

Vian: They're just grown-up chickens in the sky.

Sempi: Argh! They're called Pterosaur, Vian. Ugh!

Vian likes taunting his brother, so he repeats his flying chicken theory one more time for good measure.