21 March 2011

Whoosh!

One of the many delights of raising a child is living through her language development.

Last week, she had a dentist appointment. I asked her how it went, and she told me "It hurt. She poked my gums and fondled my teeth". Yeah. Fondled.

Then, lying in bed this morning, we saw the early bus go down the hill - the middle & high school bus. I said to her "It's a good thing you're not in high school; you'd have to be out there getting on that bus." She went off into a monologue about her bus driver and how he does the early run and then the elementary school run, and then "he puts the bus in the parking arena" until after school. Yeah, parking arena.

It's so ephemeral, this growing up thing. The best I can do is take a few pictures, write down some of the awesome phrases, and hang on for the ride.

15 comments:

Heathen Family said...

Ditto.

The other day Violet told me, "Time has its own apology." I have no idea what that means, but it sounds lovely.

Janet said...

lucky woman :-)

FreshHell said...

And it's a pretty fun ride.

Harriet M. Welsch said...

Sadly, we don't get so many of these anymore. But I've just been rereading some blog posts from when AJ was in first grade and they are full of stuff like this. I miss them. Have you read Adam Gopnik's "Bumping into Mr. Ravioli?" (originally in the New Yorker, now in his book Through the Children's Gate)

Anjali said...

I love it!

Kyla said...

KayTar uses words well above her age level all the time. I love it! She uses some little sight word cards from school to play school (words she has read since she was 2)...today I was thinking I should replace them with some SAT prep vocab cards. She would go NUTS for that.

Anna said...

everyone who ever said the kids grow up too fast are soo right. my five-year-old used to always talk about tomorrow-day (she doesn't any more) and i miss it.

http://randomhandprints.blogspot.com/2008/06/tomorrow-day.html

amira said...

That last part is probably one of the best ways to describe it.

Toddlers are especially entertaining in how they formulate their sentences.

Slow Panic said...

i love this. and it's the best ride ever.

most of the time.

Patois said...

It's precisely so I don't forget these things that I started blogging. Hanging on with you.

De said...

Yeah, I've got to write stuff down if I hope to remember it.

My kids, unfortunately, could be known as suzerains of slang, crackerjacks of wisecracks, and mavens of verbosity. Driving to school this morning, I gave them a lecture, clarifying that the old "If you don't have something nice to say..." shouldn't mean you have to be silent.

mayberry said...

My current favorite is "from now and on" instead of "from now on." So tiny, but I love it.

Marinka said...

That's so great. I love their expressions too. Can be very ESL at at times.

nonlineargirl said...

Ada used to refer to a pedestrian alley we frequented as "the valley." I find those things so charming, more so knowing they are fleeting.

Eric Graham said...

She loves the ride.