And by code I mean “spelling words instead of speaking them” when discussing a topic in front of our children filled with the possibility of a potential meltdown if we don’t agree to follow through.
Tuesday night we spelled about the latter in the car, agreeing it was not a good idea due to The Tackler’s behaviors earlier in the day.
The following night, the topic of dinner came up and once again, we spelled out our options, this time NOT mentioning Cici’s in any form, overt or secret code.
The Tackler: I want C-I-C-I-C-I for dinner.
Me, CG, Bobbi: (blank stare)
Me: You do, huh?
Tackler: C-I-C-I spells Cici’s! I’m learning how to spell dinner without saying it.
Me, CG, & Bobbi: (giggle)
Tackler: I’m learning it from you guys!
Me, CG, & Bobbi: (Collapse into hysterical giggles)
Next option: pig latin.
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Tackler: Look, I made it all the way to the gym! It’s five hundred miles to the gym!
Bobbi: I don’t think it’s *quite* that far Monkey.
Tackler: BOB, I was talking about for a bug.
Bobbi: A bug?
Tackler: It’s only five miles for us, but it’s five hundred million miles for a bug because they’re so small.
Sounds about right to me.
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I love how you can learn so much about a five year old’s interest based on their use of similes and metaphors.
“Look, if you zoom ALL THE WAY OUT, you can go as high as Mount St. Helen’s ash!”
“The Pacific Ocean is as long as 356 dinosaurs!”
“As I floated down from the Eiffel Tower using my parachute, I came down slower than Hawaii’s lava.”
That’s my volcano/map/Eiffel Tower obsessed boy.
I’m so proud.
What interesting comparisons do your kids say?