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Friday, August 8, 2014

Stating the Obvious

You see animals. They see . . .
Sometimes, all that matters is the obvious . . .
Our grandchildren were playing.
A little background here . . .
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.
Said grandkids love playing with said animals.
They have been a great source of entertainment for many years already.
And, due to durability and indestructible composition, 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 . . .
Then 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.

15 comments:

  1. I can just imagine all those animals playing together and getting along. Something for us all to learn for sure....

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    1. Totally made sense. Once I thought about it! :)

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  3. Sometimes there's nothing as amusing as just sitting back quietly and watching little kids play. So cute.

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  4. My kids had a huge collection of plastic animals when they were little. I passed them on to my sister - wonder what she did with them? Great story :)

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  5. Talking about diversity!!! Haha (great word). My babies will be here around Christmas Eve. Isabella Grace Utter And Caleb Patrick Utter (Patrick, after hubby he is pleased as punch and yes her last name is really Utter). I had to talk her out of Kyle or Cal can you imagine the torment ahead with that one!

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    1. Oh, the name game! This goes with this but definitely not with that!
      So excited for your two little babies. There's nothing on earth like them! Your heart grows three sizes the instant they appear...

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    2. And diversity is a great word!

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