Light of my Life

That’s SILLY!

Posted on: June 27, 2007

After (nearly) thirty years there’s quite a bit I haven’t figured out about this crazy world we live in. So I can appreciate how much my three-year-old has yet to learn, and the apprehension that he must often feel when faced with a vast and often frightening world. Maybe that’s why about fifty times a day he seeks reassurance that some things haven’t changed.

“Mommy, are you a woman?” “Mommy, is Daddy a man?” “Mommy, is Noo-noo a vacuum?” “Mommy, is Yahoo red?”

Be forewarned: this game is played by HIS rules. Give the wrong answer, and you might have a serious meltdown on your hands. But play it right, and… well, you’ll get to keep on answering the same questions over and over. It’s more fun than it sounds, really. Well, if you love him as much as I do, that is.

Sometimes it’s not enough to just answer the question. Sometimes Oobi has to answer it for you. Sometimes, the questions are directed at Oobi. “Hey Oobi, are you a hand?”

If he’s feeling particularly spunky, he might get silly – “Mommy, Noo-noo DOESN’T have a belly button!” – and then dissolve into a fit of giggles when I give the appropriate response: “Nooooo! Noo-noo doesn’t have a belly button! That’s SILLY!” You have to get the right inflection, though – it’s about sounding sufficiently appalled yet entertained and amused by such a ridiculous suggestion.

And nowadays, it seems asking the question out loud isn’t even enough. Yesterday he was sitting on the couch, playing with his Doodle Pro, asking me the same question over and over while I worked in the kitchen. Finally I went over to him to see what he was working on…


In case you’re wondering, I didn’t bother telling him he didn’t really need the comma after “hey”. After all, he is only 3; we probably won’t discuss the tendency in American society to overuse commas until he’s at least in preschool.


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