Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Clearly, Someone has Omitted to Teach me the Dialect

Upon being presented with a bowl of corn this afternoon, Nigel immediately burst into ferocious tears. How strange. He normally loves corn. "All done, Nigel! All done." George yodels from across the dining table. "No, he isn't done, George. He can eat his corn. We know he likes it." The wails continue. "All done, Nigel!" George is cheerful, encouraging. George's language is usually much more precise than this. "He isn't all done, George. Do you mean he can get down when he is all done?" George gives me his patented "Adults are soooo stupid" look. "No, I'm telling him he's all done now." Which tells me precisely nothing. Thankfully, at that moment Nigel's tears are abruptly halted when he discovers that - hey! - someone put CORN on his tray!! He starts in with two fists. That evening, when mom comes, Nigel trips over a shoe in the front hall and sits down abruptly on his padded behind. He begins to wail. Nigel's mother picks him up and instructs in a mock-rueful voice, "Oh, All Done, Nigel. All done." Nigel stops crying. Oooooohhhhh.

~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P

7 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

It;s funny how children know exactly what to say to each other when we (adults) are lost as to what say or do

I enjoyed your blog

8/08/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

Those little buggers notice EVERYTHING, don't they?

8/08/2006 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

Do you make up pseudonyms for the children, or are those their actual first names? Either way, I just love little "Nigel" and "George." I'm a sucker for those sweet little English names.

8/08/2006 05:13:00 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

George is obviously very observant!

8/08/2006 05:17:00 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

That's really very sweet!

8/09/2006 12:10:00 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

That's wonderful. George sure doesn't let much get past him.

8/09/2006 05:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Note to all: George and Nigel are brothers, so George has obviously seen this a lot. And no, he doesn't let much get by!

8/09/2006 07:36:00 AM  

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