Thursday, November 5, 2009

Claim to fame

Out of nowhere Little Dog asks, "Mama, what does tail mean?" He's doing this a lot lately. He picks a word we use all the time and asks me to define it. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's an abstract concept. Try defining "was" for a 3 year old and you'll understand. Tonight it was tail.
Easy, I thought.
"You know the long thing that Nikita and Dashiell have on their bums. The long thing that wags? That's a tail."
"No, mama. What does tail mean?"
"It's the thing on the dog's body they wag."
"No! What does tail mean?" he asks with increased emphasis, letting me know he is not accepting this definition. He does this a lot too. So I try my old fallback.
"Hmm. I don't know. Maybe you should ask papa."
"Yeah, he's a scientist!" adds Big Dog. They're pretty impressed by Mr. Dog's profession.
"That's right," I say, "He can probably tell you."
They sit quietly for a moment, possibly mulling their father's scientific brilliance, then Big Dog speaks, his voice full of scientific aspirations. "I hope he discovered dog butts."
And I just didn't have the heart to shatter that dream.


geekymummy said...

I bet they would be super impressed with these scientists
whi discovered a gene that gives a type of sheep a beautiful round bottom!

Green said...

Maybe he meant the other kind of tail? As in tale, like a story?

followthatdog said...

Green, maybe. I didn't think of that. However this "no, what does (insert current word here) mean?" is pretty typical with him. But maybe this time I was wrong.

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