Understanding time

Walking alongside five-year-old Chloe as she rode her scooter I explained how once upon a time there were no wheels as they hadn’t yet been invented. After I had explained the consequences of this she asked

“Grandad, were there wheels when you were a boy?”

A healthy appetite

Talking to 3½ year old Chloe about her favourite this, her favourite that, I asked her what she would order if she went to Max’s Italian café. She said

a large tomato,

a spaghetti carbonara,

and a margherita pizza!

I could eat a horse

Three years and four months old Chloe seems linguistically advanced for her age. The expressions and sentences she sometimes comes out with are a constant surprise. But maybe she’s just demonstrating how rapid the development of language skills is and at how early an age this occurs.

I’ve recently introduced her to the hyperbolic expressions “I could eat a horse” and “It’s raining cats and dogs”. She dismisses them out of hand. “Nooo, don’t be silly, grandad!” she responds. I’ve explained when one uses them (“I’m really, really hungry” and “It’s raining really heavily”) but she persists in taking them at face value and dismissing them as preposterous. I’m going to persevere and I’m confident that before long she’ll use one of the expressions.

What will the plane do when it gets to the end?

Walking with 3-year-old Chloe to the newsagent, I pointed out the rather nice, curved vapour trail in the distant sky.

“What will the plane do when it gets to the end [of the vapour trail]?” she asked, which brought a smile to my face. I think I tried to explain something along the lines of smoke being left behind by the plane.

It was her lucky day because she spotted a 5p coin on the pavement. She then informed me that party bags have coins with wrappers, and if you take off the wrapper there’s chocolate inside.

Oh the joy of conversation with a child.

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