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Saturday, June 30, 2012

What Matters Most


You see animals. They see . . .

Sometimes, all that matters is the obvious . . .
Our grandchildren were playing.
I should mention, here, that my Husby has an extensive collection of plastic animals.
Mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish, vertebrate, invertebrate.
Animals from every continent of the world.
And from every age.
Yep. Extensive.
He bought them for his grandkids.
He says.
Moving on . . .
Said grandkids love playing with said animals.
They have been a great source of entertainment for many years already.
And will doubtless continue to perform this service for many more years to come.
Countless scenarios had been acted out.
Did you know that a dolphin and a North American bison could be roommates and best friends?
Well they can.
Back to my story . . .
Three-year-old, Rini, our budding science buff, was playing with two-year-old Thorin.
The theme of the day was dinosaurs.
Rini was acting as voice for the brontosaurus.
Thorin, the same for the triceratops.
Rini decided a teaching moment had presented itself.
“Look, Thorin,” she said. “You have a triceratops!”
Thorin stared at her. Then looked down at the toy in his hand.
“Tri-cer-a-tops,” Rini said again. “Tri-cer-a-tops.”
Thorin frowned.
Rini started in again. “Tri-cer-a-tops. Tri-cer-a-tops.”
Thorin smiled and opened his mouth.
Rini smiled, too. Encouragingly.
Thorin pointed to the horns on the dinosaur's head.
“Pokies!” he said happily.
Yep. Sometimes all that matters is the obvious.

10 comments:

  1. And pokies it is. I think it's amazing that at 3 she can pronounce triceratops.

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    1. You should hear her pronounce dyhydrogenmonoxide. I have trouble with 'pokies'.

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  2. My Valentina has quite the collection of these plastic animals but they are mostly tigers and leopards, she adores the cat family :)

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    1. I like the plastic ones. You never have to clean out their litter box!

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  3. Good for Thorin. Used his teachable moment well.

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    1. Well, I learned something . . . :)

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  4. Well, obviously the child is a writer and is already wordsmithing wonderful new terms. I was drawn here by the title of your blog and am glad to find you. Pardon me while I track around, looking at things. I'm enjoying it already.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, LL! So nice to make new friends!

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