Recently Thomas hit some sort of verbal milestone. He’s been talking in sentences for a while, but now he’s putting together real sentences, not baby sentences. For example, instead of saying “I go OUSSIDE!” Now he says, “Mommy! I want to go outside!”

Since he’s our third child, phrases like, “She did it on PURPOSE” and “It’s not fair!” have worked their way into his vocabulary remarkably early.

It’s hilarious to hear our two-year old talking with more maturity, and we’re constantly laughing. But it’s not because what he’s saying is actually funny. It’s funny because we just don’t expect subject-verb agreement from someone who screams because, as he eats it, his granola bar gets smaller. All that laughing has inspired one of my all-time favorite phrases, “NO LAUGH ABOUT ME!”

Sorry, Thomas, but I can’t make any promises.

Here are two conversations that made me laugh, that I don’t want to forget.

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Mary Virginia: Thomas, what are you? Are you a BABY?

Thomas: No I NOT baby!

Mary Virginia: Are you a toddler?

Thomas: No I NOT toddler!

Me: I think Thomas is a preschooler.

Thomas: No I NOT pe-schooler

Mary Virginia: Are you a big kid, Thomas?

Thomas: No I NOT!

Mary Virginia: Then what are you?


– – – – –

Thomas: Look at my grapes! Some are big and some are little!

Mary Virginia: What did he say?

Me: He said, “Look at my grapes! Some are big, some are little!”
And as I talked, I bobbed my head back and forth with each word.

Thomas: Mommy. That’s what I say. But I not dance like that.

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[Semantics is a series of posts designed to record the conversations, mispronunciations, and sweet misunderstandings Iā€™d probably forget otherwise.]


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  1. Grammy February 27, 2018

    I laughed and laughed and read this again and laughed and laughed .

    • amandakrieger February 28, 2018

      hopefully laughter is a sign that you’ve recovered from your trip, not that you’re traumatized by it šŸ™‚

  2. lorenzo March 5, 2018

    Grammy, thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Much obliged.


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