December 31, 2007

Recent conversations with Lara

Misha and Lara at the zoo, Lara getting over her initial fear of the bears:

M: Look at that bear!
L: The beah have to take a baf! Beah is so dutty!

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Walking in the park, Lara picked up a big stick and used it as a walking stick. Later she threw it away and picked up a new small twig which instantly broke upon her putting her weight on it: "Oh, no, this is not a walking stick!"

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In the Children's Museum, while waiting for story time to start:

L: (loudly yelling while pointing at "How the Grinch Stole Christmas") This is a bad book! This is a bad book!
A: (after a lot of surrounding parents laugh) Well, ok, then we don't have to read it.
L: (pausing to reconsider, then pointing at the Grinch again) No, this is a bad guy!

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In the park, looking at a statue of a ram:

A: Look, a goat.
L: No, is statue of a ram!
A: Oh, you're right, it's a ram!
L: Ram have a tail.
A: That's true. Does Lara have a tail?
L: No... (pausing) Ya have pony tail!

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After I tried to read her a book meant for slightly older kids: "This is not a good book. This is not a good cat story." I just love the implication here that Lara has had vast experience with various stories, and comparatively? This one is no good.

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Lara has decided that "lunch" means food that tastes bad, whereas "dinner" is food that tastes good. So when we get home in the middle of the day and I offer her the food I made for lunch she yells, "No, no lunch! Want dinna! Want dinna pweeze!"

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Lara recently had her first ear infection and learned about medicine and how it makes you feel better. So, later, watching the movie "Babe" and seeing the scene where the pig gets sick she says, "Oh, pig needs medicine!" We were impressed at the connection there.

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The winner for most impressive memory and connection formation is this one:

A few days ago we were looking at the Christmas tree ornaments in Dunkin Donuts and I showed Lara our reflection in a tiny red ball. Today, we went to Anthropologie and saw workers cleaning the windows in order to change the displays. We stood for a while and watched them using squeegees and rags until I said, "Oh, look how clean those windows are!" To which Lara promptly pointed and replied, "Can see our wefection!"