A series of questions, posed to me as I was waking up this morning:
“Why are mice afraid of cats? They’re so cute.”
“Are all cats afraid of dogs?”
“Would our dog be afraid of a lion?”
“Would a lion be afraid of an elephant?”
“Would an elephant be afraid of a dinosaur?”
“Would a dinosaur be afraid of thunder?”
Me: Where are you hurt?
Rooby, holding a hand to her chest: Just right here. It was hard to breathe.
Me: It sounds like you got the wind knocked out of you!
Rooby: Then I guess I need an ice pop. They’re so cold they have breath!
Rooby: Don’t copy me!
D: Here, why don’t you copy me? [Puts his finger on his nose]
Rooby: [glares at him, shakes her head, turns back to Team Umizoomi]
D: Just trying to have some fun. Rooby doesn’t want to have fun.
Me: She’s anti-fun.
Rooby: I’m already having fun.
Our dinner guest is telling Rooby about mastodons, how they were like big shaggy elephants.
Rooby: But are they not nice? What if we saw one?
Me: We won’t. But they’re not scary. Just big, like elephants.
D: They’re herbivores. Do you remember what that is?
Rooby: Yes, but what if they think we’re plants??
Dreamt I was the production manager for something called “Jeri Johnson’s Dustbin of History,” in which there was a literal “dustbin of history” and every week Jeri would retrieve something from it and discuss it with guests.
Me, wondering whether I should pay for Rooby to participate in weekly Pizza Day at school: Rooby, do your friends eat pizza on Pizza Day, and do you want to eat pizza too?
Rooby: Well, on Wednesday we have Pizza Day, and after that we have Chocolate Milk Day.
Me: And do a lot of your friends have pizza and chocolate milk on those days?
Rooby: Yes, but not me, because we don’t celebrate those days.
Rooby: Baba, you’re not making the kind of fort I want to make. Are you making the kind of fort I like or the kind of fort YOU like? Well, I kind of like this kind of fort…. I now like two kinds of forts: one with two chairs and one with three chairs.
D: Should we come up with names for the different kinds?
Rooby: Yes. This kind is called “Ardea Herodias.” The kind with two chairs we will call a “tent.”