Monthly Archives: October 2012

Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

My 3-year old, as much as I love him, is gross.  And before you say that I’m mean, just hear me out.

First, let me say that he is ridiculously adorable.  He has huge brown eyes with long eye lashes.  He has the sweetest (and naughtiest) smile that ends in two big dimples.  He is almost always happy, and when he is not, he is sucking his thumb.  ADORABLE.

However, like I said, he is also really gross.

He licks floors and tables in fear that something might go to waste.

He picks his nose in the car and eats his boogers and tells me that he is doing it with a twinkle in his eye and laughter in his tone.  Or he tries to feed them to his sister, who is helplessly strapped in the car seat next to him.

And this morning he comes dancing in my bedroom with something in his mouth and a little grin on his lips.

“What’s in your mouth?”  I ask.  He gulps and replies,

“Throw up.”

Was it really?  Who knows.  Either way, he thought it and said it and that  is gross.  Just plain gross.

Vocabulary Lessons

The family botanist and marine and land biologist (aka, the 11-year old) and I were having one of our typical conversations in the car.   I say “typical,” because they are always focused on things of his interest, which, as I said, are animal and plant centered.

“About how large is a sea nettle’s head?”

“Um… I don’t know…”

“As big as a tree?”

“No, I don’t think so.  Maybe a bush.  Remember the pictures I showed you of all the jellyfish that were over crowding the seas near Japan?”  I asked.


“Well, they were pretty big, remember?  I can’t say for sure without looking it up, but I’d guess about the size of a bush.”

“Hmm… so how long are their tentacles?  As long as that building?”  He randomly pointed one out.  It happened to be quite tall.

“Um, not sure, but a man-of-war can have tentacles as long as 60 feet, so I imagine a big sea nettle would have some long ones, too.”

Then, from the back seat, the 4-year old said:

“Wait!  I have a hypothesis!”  I stopped.  I was stunned.  WHERE had she heard THAT word?   We hadn’t gotten to that in our science lessons yet… I never heard the bigger boys say it before.  So, of course I was stunned and impressed and all that good stuff.  Perhaps she had something very scientific to add to my reasoning over tentacle lengths…

So I waited.  Even the 11-year old was quiet, as he must have been wondering, too!

“What’s a hypothesis?”

I laughed.  She may not have known what it meant, but she knew it!  And she interjected with it at just the right moment!  I remained impressed.