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Like Mother, Like Daughter (dba Should I Worry?)

May 20th, 2008

Me, at the dinner table: OK, everyone tell me about their day.


My four year-old-daughter, Toots: A real day or an imaginary day?


Me, playing along: An imaginary day.


Toots: OK, so there was this monster, and… (pausing)…Mommy? Can I say the word ‘killed’ just this once? (holding her finger up in the form of a “one”)


Me: No. There are a lot of other words you can use. Try another word.


Toots, sighing: OK. So there was this monster, and he jumped on me and ate me and then squeezed all the blood out of me and cut me up into a million pieces and then made me into a monster and put eyes on the top of my head…


Me, thinking she used every other word but killed to say killed, but also thinking she gets points for ingenuity, then also thinking, she may need to be medicated or at best, de-Scoobyized: All riiight. Um, so tell me about your real day.


Toots, looking genuinely befuddled: But…why?


Remind me to tell you sometime about the “flay me alive” conversation.


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On May 20th, 2008, Vered said:

It was a tough day and I needed the laugh. Thank you. :)

I think she’s very smart and has a very lively imagination. I vote a writer. :)

On May 20th, 2008, Cheri said:

I vote “Guest Posts by Toots” as a regular feature of your blog.

On May 21st, 2008, Jenn @ Juggling Life said:

Four year olds definitely seem to have to have a thing for death. Look at all the creativity you get by disallowing the simple word. I think you might be onto something here.

On May 21st, 2008, The Girl Next Door said:

HILARIOUS!! You will have your hands full – oh wait, you already do. Clearly. I second the “guest post by Toots” idea!

On May 21st, 2008, The Girl Next Door said:

HILARIOUS! You will have your hands full, clearly. Oh wait, you already do. and I second the idea of guest posting by the Toots!

On May 21st, 2008, The Girl Next Door said:

Sorry my comment got published twice. I thought it lost it so I tried again. have no idea why.

On May 21st, 2008, Deborah said:

I love her imagination! She reminds me a bit of me. She’s not an Aquarius is she? I vote writer or actor. She keeps life fun and interesting and never dull.

On May 21st, 2008, Clink said:

Bahahaha…”F” is for Flay!! To much Sesaeme Street?

On May 21st, 2008, Manager Mom said:

Can’t wait to hear about the flaying…

On May 21st, 2008, Jamie said:

Touche Mom.

Cute, cute, cute.

On May 21st, 2008, matteroffactmommy said:

OH THANK GOD… there are other preschoolers who talk this way! i’m not alone!

i’d like to say that this behavior is “cute”, but i’m in the same exact (well, close enough) situation as you, so i’ll just say, “i can relate.”

how’s that? ;)

On May 21st, 2008, Da Goddess said:

wow! what a great imagination. Not so much the outcome of imaginary events, but the creativity is awesome.

much better than the Star Wars/Indiana Jones fare I get.

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