Monday, March 10, 2008

Funny things and strong opinions

Funny things that William has said lately:

Upon coming home the other evening and craving snack food: "I need pretzels." Notice he didn't say "Want pretzels." No, he said he needed pretzels. There was no wanting involved: pretzels were urgently needed.

Upon leaving anyone or anyplace and saying goodbye: "See ya!" This often takes the form of something like this: "Bye-bye, bookstore! Bye-bye, choo choos! See ya!" or "Bye-bye! See ya! Bye-bye! See ya!" I don't know why it's so funny. It just is. Maybe because it seems so casual and conversational, which is odd coming from someone who's still learning to speak English.

Upon arriving home and pulling the car into the garage, I asked William who lived here. He said, "Dada! Mama! Dada! Dada! Mama! And Willuuum! Mama, Dada, and Willuuum's house. And Diet Coke!"


The opinions, they are strong in this one.

He also currently prefers "Tah-get dipe-uhs" to "Sesmeee Steet dipe-uhs." And woe unto you if you give him a blue sippy cup when he really wants a green sippy cup. Or if you forget to put the froggy blanket AND the dinosaur blanket on him when it's night-night time. Or if you offer him Cheerios and Craisins when he really wants Goldfish. Or if you refuse to let him eat three clementines at lunch. Or if you suggest reading the wrong Mother Goose story: it is acceptable to read "Humpty Dumpty" or "Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat" but you must not read "Little Bo Peep. You will get an urgent "No! No! No!" accompanied by frantic wiggling and insistent page-turning.

Also, you must be clairvoyant and speak fluent Toddlerese because William Does Not Like It if he says something and then you say that you can't understand what he's saying. Oh no. That is most patently unacceptable. William will throw the Donald Duck hissy fit in that situation and stamp his feet. So then he's red-faced and upset and you still don't know what he originally wanted!

Ah, good times.

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