talk about it more

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When she was two, Fiona regularly said "Talk about it more!" to express her desire to know more about whatever we were discussing.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Little bunny Foo Foo gets bopped on the head

Picture the idyllic scene: Granny in the recliner and I on the sofa chatting together as Fiona and Nora engage in parallel play on the floor. Fiona is pretending to be "a baby bunny that was just born" while Nora scribbles on a magnetic doodle toy.

Suddenly the vignette goes all Chucky as Nora cheerfully begins to bash Fiona's head with the hard plastic toy. No hard feelings, mind you. Understandably, the newborn baby bunny hops up in discomfort and quickly explains the crux of the problem to Nora. Fiona is a very competent big sister, and she understands quite well that Nora does not yet understand her own strength, nor that some things she does are not appropriate and can hurt like the dickens. Fiona knows exactly how to verbally share that information with Nora without demeaning her, and also knows how to simply get out of Dodge if necessary. She seemed to get through to Nora well enough today.

So nobody in the room was prepared for what happened next: after her simple explanation and provision of a little bit more physical space to Nora, Fiona gave back the doodle toy and resumed her dramatic play, only to be almost immediately bopped even harder. As I swooped down to comfort poor Fiona, even Nora looked surprised by it all. She dropped her toy and began whacking her own head with both hands in consternation, as if trying desperately to understand.

Fortunately Nora's last Three Stooges-esque act amused Fiona enough for her to forget about her poor head. We were all able to settle down together into an alternate, softer activity together. Good thing heads are hard!


At 1:57 PM, Blogger Sucero said...

"Suddenly the vignette goes all Chuckie as Nora cheerfully begins to bash Fiona's head with the hard plastic toy."

This has GOT to be one of the best sentences I've ever read.

At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree wih Paul! :)



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