And you think I'm Patient!!
George's mother emailed me this transcript of an exchange she had with her son last week. Yes, she really does speak like that - clear and methodical. And the patience! Lordy, the patience!
George: Mummy, how did you feel when you were four?
George's mummy: Well, I was sick quite a bit when I was four.
G: No, I mean, how did you feel?
Mummy: Do you mean, did I feel happy or sad?
G: (annoyed) No. I mean how did you FEEL?
Mummy: Are you asking me what did I feel like doing when I was four?
G: (impatient). NO. I mean How Did You FEEL?
M: (perplexed) OK, George, I don’t understand. Usually when people talk about how they feel, they mean one of three things. The first is whether they feel sick or well. The second is whether they feel happy or sad. The third is what they feel like doing, what they want to do. I asked you if you meant any of those three things, and you said no. So you’ll have to explain to me more what you are asking when you say “how do you feel.”
G: I mean, how. did. you. feel. when. you. were. four!?
M: George, I need you to explain a bit more. I don’t understand. Can you tell me another way?
G: (totally exasperated at having to explain something so obvious). I mean, when you were four, did you feel grown-up!!!
M: That’s a very good question. I felt grown up compared to my younger sister, but I still felt like a child.
G: Well, I’m all grown up!
~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P