Tuesday, May 29, 2007

BOOKS: Priorities

Scene from a toddler's pre-bedtime story ritual:
"What's that, Sam?"
"A backhoe."
"That's right. What's that over there?"
"That's an excavator over there."
"And what's that?"

"That's a forklift."

"You're right. And what's that?"

"A compact auger."

"Yes, that is a compact auger."

"And another compact auger, and another compact auger, and another compact auger..."

"There are a lot of compact augers."

"One, two, three, four, five, six, nine, TEN."

"Wow. That
is a lot."

"You know what? I love you, Sammy."

"I love this articulated dump truck."


Anonymous said...

A few nights ago....

"Yes Sam?"
"An orange is not an apricot"

Words to live by... LOVE these toddlers!


sgazzetti said...


I do realize this comment is lame, but please bear in mind its sincerity.

Steph said...

I don't care what anybody says about babies, the years between 2 and 5 when all the language, understanding and curiosity come together are the sweetest.

A moment like that can erase a week's worth of Mommy/toddler frustration.

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't love an articulated dump truck?

Wendy said...

Priceless! This reminds me of my nephew when he was about that age - he loved to "read" truck catalogs that my dad got, and he knew the names of all the different trucks. Very, very cute!

BabelBabe said...

the REAL question is, does he love the articulated dump truck MORE than the backhoe?

My toddler cannot manage to articulate "I love you" but can manage "weedwhacker." Parenting - the world's most thankless job : )

Anonymous said...

The boy next door when I was a kid knew the name of every piece of construction equipment. He built roads in the sandbox. Now he's a civil engineer building roads for real. And still loves graders.

Tammy said...

I knew the awesomeness of this dialogue would find an appreciative audience.

AM, ha! Everything these guys say is hilarious. What a gift. I should start a blog: "Funny Shit My Two-Year-Old Says."

Babelbabe, I think he loves me more than a backhoe, but less than an excavator. I can live with that.

Exactly, Jane! I like saying "articulated dump truck," too. It's heavy equipment poetry.

Tammy said...

BabalBabe, I just realized I misread your question.

the REAL question is, does he love the articulated dump truck MORE than the backhoe?

I believe he loves the backhoe more, based on the frequency with which it comes up in conversation (one gazillion times a day versus a mere billion or so). But the excavator definitely reigns supreme. For a while I thought the heavy-duty forklift was a potential dark horse, but Sam's loyalty to diggers is fierce.

"Weedwhacker." Heheheh. (P.S. I'm twelve.)

Anonymous said...

What's sad is that Sam knows more about construction equipment than I do. What the hell is a compact auger? *LOL*


Lauren said...

I really like this story, enough to try to figure out exactly what an auger is. (Er, aside from a thing that makes holes in Addie's corpse-face in "As I Lay Dying.") That alone doesn't warrant a comment, but this does: You are now the No. 1 Google search result for "compact auger."

Carol Elaine said...

One of my bosses shared with me a conversation he recently had with his 6 year old son:

Son: Daddy, if we could see air, what would it look like?

Dad: What do you mean?

Son: Well, would it be smooth or rough? What would it look like?

Dad: I never thought about it before.

Son: Because if air was furry, then dogs would be invisible.

I love that line so much, I think I'm going to have it embroidered on a pillow.