First, some context.
David likes to ask me what people say, what inanimate objects say, or what people are going to say. Then he makes me do a full mock conversation about, for example, what the car in front of us is saying. It’s saying, “You can follow me!”
It’s a cute routine, and it can go on for a long time until I the conversation doesn’t go the way David wants it to. We had this interchange on the three-hour drive to my parents’ house.
Me: We’re going to see Grammy and Gramps!
David: What’s Gramps goin say?
Me: He’s going to say, “Hi David! I’m so glad you’re here!”
David: What am I goin say?
Me: Then you’re going to say, “I can’t wait to go in the pool!”
David: Then what’s Gramps goin say?
Me: He’s going to say, “Sure! You can go swimming in the pool!”
David: NO HE’S NOT! HE’S NOT GOIN SAY THAT! WHAT’S HE GOIN SAY?
That’s when Mommy doesn’t want to play anymore.
And now that you have context, here’s the conversation.
While we were visiting my parents, David was eating cereal. He spilled it all over his chair, then got down and put his hands in the milk.
Me: David, stop playing in your cereal.
Me: Because we don’t play in our food, we need to clean that up.
David: What’s my cereal saying?
Me: It’s saying, “Don’t play with me! It’s time to clean up!”
David: No it’s not! It’s saying, “Play with me!” [looks up at me smiling] OK!