4.26.2007

Words and Signs

Me: Henry, stop picking blossoms off all the bushes.
Henry: Dey not blossoms, dey flowohs.

Me: Henry, come here and let's take your pajamas off and put clothes on.
Henry: It's not pajamas, it's a t-shoht.

And I could give twenty or thirty more examples. Are not-quite-three-year-olds supposed to argue semantics like this? I don't think Calvin ever has much (at least not in this avoid-the-issue way), but Henry is all about it. And I was kinda hoping they wouldn't pick it up until public school, a couple years down the road...

But here is something too precious:

A few days ago, Cal drew a huge picture on one whole page of my desk calendar then TORE IT OUT to come show me through the foggy door in the bathroom while I showered. I tried to compliment the artwork, but made it pretty clear that my calendar was one piece of paper that he should neither draw on nor tear. (But that's not the precious part, just the preamble.)

So last night when I was putting dinner on the table and looked over to catch Calvin doodling on my desk calendar, I got after him, "Calvin! Stop drawing on my calendar. You know not to do that! Come sit down for dinner!" And he answered, "I'm just making a little 'keep out' sign."

It was after dinner when I took a look at this poignant little masterpiece:


(The actual drawing is only about one inch tall, so it's a bit blurry photographed, but do you see how it's modeled after a "no smoking" sign, only with a little boy instead of a lit cigarette in the center? I just want to weep and giggle all at the same time, it's so darling to me...)

13 comments:

Terina said...

my son does the same thing when i tell him those same sort of things. he is 3 1/2.

An Ordinary Mom said...

Sometimes they listen better than we think they do :)!!

Montserrat said...

That keep out drawing is so precious!

Theresa said...

If he's arguing that way now, just wait! Thru the years I've heard: "Mommy, it's not 7:30, it's 7:32!" "It's not blue, it's cornflower." etc., etc.!!!

That picture is precious!

ksl said...

That keep out sign is too cute! Do you think it will work?

My three year old does the same thing. I didn't put on my shoes because they are sandles not shoes. It is not a book it is a magazine. So literal.

Angela said...

Oh my gosh, the KEEP OUT story made me laugh SO HARD. He is hilarious! I can't help but notice that the little boy in his Keep Out symbol looks a little depressed that he can't draw on his mom's calendar...

Ben does the correcting thing, it started about 2 or 3 months ago and he's over a year older than Ben. You's in trubbo sistah.

Angela said...

Over a year older than Henry. YOU'RE son is Henry, MY son is Ben. Sheesh

Liz said...

So 4/29 he should keep out of your calendar. The other days are FREE RANGE :)

Janelle said...

Oh I love it!

Barb said...

That page from the calendar would be going right into my baby keepsakes. That's too precious. Very clever keep out sign. ;-)

Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

They are so cute ... I love that my kids aren't the only ones that pick flowoh's off the bushes!!

And I think it's a riot that he is drawing KEEP OUT on a calendar that he should so clearly KEEP OUT of. That's up there with me buying a package of Oreos that I most definitely SHOULD NOT eat. Just so I can remind myself - you can't have this!!

Kerry said...

Wait till he's 11, lol. (just blogged about this)
I love the calendar story!

Jennifer said...

I am convinced that Kyle and Henry would be fast friends. Well, they'd be friends if they didn't argue themselves into a big ole fight.

Kyle roars, too. . . .