On the way home from lunch

(from the back seat) “Mama look what I can do!”

(wrenching awkwardly around to see) “What can you do?”

(transferring a rock from hand to hand in a complicated fashion) “See first you do dis and then you spin it around like dis and then you go it around like dis, and then you stop it like dis and then you hold it like dis and then you bump it like dis!”

“Uh-huh, Bug. That’s something alright.”

“Ok, now you do it!”

“Uh, ok.” (taking the rock) “So first I spin it like this, and then -”

“No, Mama. Give it back, lemme show you.”

“Oh, sorry, show me how to do it.”

“See, you have to do dis and then dis and then dis and then stop it and then bump it. You do it like that, Mama. Now try it again.”

“Ok, here we go. I hold the rock like this, and then I spin it like this, and then – ”

“No! Mama! Lemme show you.”

“Okaaaaaaaay. Please, do show me what I am doing wrong.”

“Like DIS and then DIS and then DIS and then SPIN and then BUMP IT. Do it like THAT, Mama.”

“Ok, Bug, I will try my very best to get this right. I do this, then this, then this, then spin it and then what?”

“BUMP IT, MAMA.”

“And then I ‘bump’ it. Hooray, I did it.”

“Ok, now it’s my turn. We can keep taking turns, ok, Mama?”

“Ok, great. Can’t wait for my turn again.”

“This is a great game, Mama.”

February 3, 2008   No Comments