Friday, October 06, 2006


A bit bleary today. Not a lot of sleep last night, and poor quality what I got. Tired... Which is why the title of this post is to be hummed to the tune of 'unforgettable'... "Kettle drummer! I say, kettle drummer!" This in plummy upper crust British accent... "Do you know 'That's What You Are'?" -- Oops, sorry, am I still awake? And typing? Sorry, sorry... (Why do babies so often fight naps? Don't they realize a nap is a Gift from Heaven?) Reading today. Trick or Treat Countdown, by Patricia Hubbard, illustrated by Michael Letzig. A good counting book: fun graphics, items clearly laid-out, easily picked out by a toddler's eye and dimpled finger, and a jouncy, bouncy rhythm to the words. Nigel sits on my lap to enjoy it for perhaps the fifteenth time this week. "One haunted house groans." "Wha'ss daaaaa?" "A house. See, it has a funny face." "Two tall tombstones moan." "Wha'ss daaaaa?" "Stones." I take his pudgy hand in mine and plonk his finger on the pictures as I count. "One, two, sad stones. Stones with sad faces." "Three green witches cackle." "Wha'sss daaaaa?" "One, two, three witches." More finger-plonking. "Three witches, see, riding their brooms. Four dried leaves crackle." "Wha'ss daaaaa?" "Leaves, Nigel. One, two, three, four leaves. Those are oak leaves. Big, brown oak leaves." "Wha'ss daaaa?" Okay, tombstones, haunted houses and witches might be a bit outside his experience, but leaves? We're knee-deep in fallen leaves, play in them most every day. I try for less automated, more thoughtful participation. "Oh, you know what it is. You tell me. What's that, Nigel?" I give him a squeeze, tap one of the leaves. "Be-gup." "Leaf. It's a leaf." "Be-gup." Idiosyncratic pronounciation? I'd have expected 'yeef'. But begup? "Five jack-o'lanterns gleam." "Wha'ss daaaa?" "Pumpkins. Those are a kind of pumpkin. You take a pumpkin, and put a face in it, and it's a jack-o'lantern." "Wha'ss daaaa?" "You tell me. What is it, Nigel?" "Be-gup." Hmmm. "Sick scarey skeletons scream. What is this, Nigel?" "Be-gup." "Seven ghosts whisper 'Ooooo'. What is that?" "Be-gup." "Eight goblins shout, 'BOO!'" "Be-gup." "Nine scarey monsters?" "Be-gup." Ten werewolves? Eleven bats? Twelve cats? Be-gup. Be-gup. Be-gup. "A shivery, shivery, shivery scene, All make-believe on Hallowe'en." "Be-gup." "Bless you."
~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P


Blogger lara said...

hahahaha... i'm sorry you're so tired, mary, but you crack me up. that was a good laugh i just had, so thanks. :)

10/06/2006 04:45:00 p.m.  
Blogger Haley said...

Haha. Begup. I like it. It figures that since Nigel has a universal question "wha'ss daaaa?" that he's also have a universal answer. Begup is as good as any, I suppose.

10/06/2006 04:50:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

And Begup to you my dear. Have a pleasant weekend.

10/06/2006 11:29:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lady M said...

Sounds like a great book. We're a little late getting ready for Halloween around here.

Maybe Nigel is working on the next Budweiser commercial campaign - "Whazzzup!" You might be able to get an agent's fee. ;)

10/08/2006 01:47:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

I think we'll look for that book at the library. Is he saying "book"?

10/08/2006 08:49:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mama Bones said...

Hi mary. I've been reading and commenting for a few months, but my own blog was so out-of date, the comments had to be anonymous, till now:)

BTW - I would also love to know what he means.

10/09/2006 06:08:00 a.m.  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

I'm guessing it means "book" too. It's the answer LMD gives quite often:-)

Now explain this one to me:

LMB has been counting to 10 for ages. Recently she's been making it up to 17/18 most times. One day last weekend, every time she counted for us, it would go:

one, two, three, evil*, five, six....
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, evil, nine, ten....

Every time!

somewhere in the sequence a number would be replaced by "evil"

She only did it on that day. Never before,never since:-)

Must be a halloween thing;-)
* it sure sounded like "evil",, Could've been something else? Any guesses?

10/09/2006 03:53:00 p.m.  
Blogger Melissa said...

Juggling Mother,

Could evil actually be eleven??

10/10/2006 12:36:00 p.m.  

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