Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Out of the Mouths of Boys

Overheard yesterday:

The Pirate: (apparently referencing something I told him about yeast) "Did you know that there's tiny little creatures inside bread? And we eat them!"
Littleman: (dismissive) "Nuh uh"
Pirate: "Ah huh!"
Littleman: "Nuh uh"
Pirate: "Ah huh!!"
Littleman: "Nuh uh"
Pirate: (irate) "Ah HUH!! Mommy TOLD me so!"
Littleman: (imperiously covering his ignorance) "Oh, yeah. Well that's just in SOME kinds of bread."

The Pirate: "How are oranges made?"
Littleman: "From seeds! Foods that have seeds can grow to make more of them."
The Pirate: "Oh. OK. So how are noodles made?"
Littleman: "I don't know. Someone just makes them."

Today Babyman climbed onto my bed. He arranged himself next to me, sighed mightily, collapsed back into the pillow and said with theatrical weariness: "Oh me, Mommy."

Littleman has been checking his mouth for loose teeth. He thinks he found one, though I'm still not sure. He asked if I have any, and I exclaimed "I hope not!". After I explained how people get only two sets of teeth, and the grown-up teeth have to last the rest of one's life, Littleman then informed me that I was mistaken. "No," he corrected, "we get three sets. First the baby teeth, then the grown-up teeth, and when you're really old, you get your alien teeth." (Dentures? I wondered, but didn't go there.) "Oh, I see," I said, "and how old do you have to be for your alien teeth to come in?" "REALLY old," he said. "Like, older than an old book that's so old all it's pages are yellow and dusty and breaking up." Wow.


Kyddryn said...

Unless you don't brush and have to get a metal crown or implant, which we refer to as "robot teeth" around here...and they're not something to be proud of...

I do love listneing to kids conversing...their logic is often staggering.

Shade and Sweetwater,

Unknown said...

This is making me miss my girls. It is so nice to see that you are appriciating the moments. I know you have heard it before, but they really do grow, oh so fast. Enjoy.

Bill Lisleman said...

I enjoyed your post - thanks pirate and littleman.

last spring I posted some interesting facts and questions about our food supply.

post about corn

I'm not sure my grandkids will learn were our food comes from, other than the store.

Bird said...

I hope I get my alien teeth soon. Having typical lousy Brit teeth I need something to look forward to!

Kit said...

@ Kyddryn: yes we hope to avoid robot teeth if possible!

@ Kat_RN: Hi! Thank you. This blog helps me remember some of these things- it's all to easy to forget in the hustle and bustle, and then all of a sudden it's gone. . . I try to record them here for later.

@ lisleman: I definitely want my kids to understand a bit about where food comes from, what it is, how it grows, why it is or isn't good for us. I think that information is essential to making healthy choices. Luckily I enjoy learning about it, too. Good post, by the way.

@ Bird: good luck on the alien teeth! :)

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