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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Obliviously 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.
(Maybe we can take a little lesson from this vis-a-vis the conflicts in today's world. Just sayin'.)
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.
The two had set up housekeeping and were currently deciding whose turn it was to go for groceries.
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.

14 comments:

  1. "Pokies". Of course. Why didn't she say so to start with?

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  2. I love listening to the littles play...so sweet, so innocent.

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  3. ha ha ha - great story. i love being a grandmother.

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  4. Imagination and sharing--love this. Seeing how our grandchildren grow and change is the greatest gift.

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    1. Endlessly informative and entertaining! :)

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  5. I'm starting to have trouble retrieving the words I want. Thanks to your grandchild, now I know what to do :)

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    1. Yep. It's all so simple. (P.S. I'm glad to hear you are having difficulties as well. So am I!)

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  6. And he is right. Definitely pokies. Sometimes our scientific boffins would be better off allowing a child to name species. Often they would be better off.

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    1. Right?! Triceratops. What were they thinking! :)

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  7. Smiling widely here. Pokies; yes indeed :)

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    1. I'm going to send it in to Wikipedia. I'm sure they will be interested . . . :)

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