Now that Andrew is well and truly on the way to becoming a 3 year old, he’s coming out with some cracking phrases, which give a real insight into how his brain is thinking!
I love the times that he randomly comes out with stuff, with no obvious context, like he’s just had a sudden thought and aired it to anyone who might be listening. For example, the time this week when he was sitting playing with a toy of some sort (I can’t remember what exactly, but it definitely wasn’t musical), and then announced: “I might buy a piano, I expect” !! I have no idea where that came from, he hadn’t used that phrasing with ‘I expect’ before….
I love it how he says things that he thinks are perfectly valid, but which make me giggle because he’s not quite got it right – nearly but not quite! When we were walking by the river the other day on one of our many walks around our favourite route (I blogged about this here), he saw a rowing boat with two guys in and exclaimed: “Look Mummy, there’s a speed boat!” Now I know the Cambridge rowers can get up to a fair old whack, and who knows, these particular students might have their sights on making the university first team to compete in the famous Oxbridge boat race, but I still don’t think I would describe their boat as a ‘speed boat’ I would reserve that title for a boat with some sort of engine for propulsion!
As we were walking across the common near us to go to a group the other day, there were, as usual, some cows grazing on the grass through which our path led. Andrew spotted that a couple of the cows had pointy things on their heads - “Look Mummy, those cows have horns!” “Yes that’s right Andrew, they have horns” was my reply. Then he spontaneously burst out in song:
“The horn on the cow goes beep, beep, beep
beep, beep, beep
beep, beep, beep
the horn on the cow goes beep, beep, beep
all day long!”
I thought this was some lovely lateral thinking!
It’s interesting the associations that he makes in his mind. Now that the nights are drawing in, we saw a cyclist with bike lights on on our way home from the shops the other day. That doesn’t always happen around here, the amount of people you see cycling around with no lights and black clothes is shocking, but on this occasion there was a cyclist who valued her own life. As she cycled past us, whilst I was looking up at something else across the road, Andrew shouted “What’s that fire alarm on that bike?” So I looked around and saw her back light – it was one of those flashing red ones! To him flashing red lights are fire alarms. This all stems from a funee that he came out with a while ago that has become one of my most linked-back-to funee posts on this blog. I tried to explain that it was just a flashing light, so people can see the bike in the dark, but I think he’s still convinced that it’s a fire alarm on the bike! Wot so funee about that anyway?!
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