October 06, 2005

Head on Straight

My girls have a finely tuned sense of humor. They are especially keen at puns (Nathan, The Pun King, would be impressed), in both understanding and creating them. Being children, anything that has to do with the body or can elicit a squeal of disgust from their mother is quite satisfying, as well.

We recently purchased the book Parts by Tedd Arnold. The nameless, ping-pong-eyed boy is filled with angst over the deconstruction of his body. When some gray, gooey, unidentifiable object slips from his nose, he fears his brain is falling out. The lint in his navel? He's losing his stuffing. The girls found this book quite hysterical, so when we saw Even More Parts, we knew we had to get it. It ended up being a late night, so I set the book (along with several others) next to K's bed, intending to read them tonight before our chapter in Mary Poppins Comes Back.

K took some time to peruse her new literature this morning. After lunch she brought Even More Parts to me, telling me it was "hilarious." This time, Mr. Arnold explores those euphemisms that are often so puzzling to children. He accompanies the confusing idioms with amusing illustrations of the frantic, nameless, ping-pong-eyed boy imagining the literal effect of such sayings. We giggled over "I'm losing my mind," and " My nose is running." I turned the page and we laughed when the boy placed his screw-on arm and leg, complete with shod foot, onto the counter as the equally ping-pong-eyed cashier checked the drawer for change-- more arms and legs. Beneath the full-page illustrations are smaller ones with more bug-eyed cohorts enacting similar phrases, "I had to foot the bill," or "I had to pay through the nose." I paused as K then reached behind her, literally to her behind, screwed her face up and in pretended effort jerks her arm. She placed her fist in on the table, and opening it said, "I bet you my bottom dollar."

I fell to pieces laughing.

May I take a moment to say, I really, really, enjoy my kids?

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August 08, 2005

In all seriousness

Katie, with much sobriety, after burying a beetle with no hind legs:

"We graved him."

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July 31, 2005

The Fable of the Treacherous Pineapple

by E

There once was a pineapple who wanted to rule the world, but there was a small orange who got in his way. So, the world held an election. The orange won, but the pineapple was treacherous and squished the small orange, then ruled the world with tyranny.

The moral of the story: Never trust a piece of fruit, no matter what the food pyramid says.

Original artwork soon to follow.

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July 28, 2005

Said by K

While brushing her teeth and after some frustration with her sisters: "I'm just a small person in a huge world."

During dinner at a Chinese restaurant:

K: "Mom, look up."
I do so and see a very large, ornate stained glass. "That's very pretty, isn't it, K?"
K: "Impressive."

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