I just realized I didn’t include any examples…they’re really too numerous to list, so just a few random examples:
-We didn’t get a new jar of peanut butter of the same brand. Rather, the squirrels stayed up all night chewing nuts for us and refilled the jar to surprise us.
-Birds sit on poles and wires to absorb phonecalls, then fly to other poles and wires to pass them on. Evidence in point-“A little birdy told me.”
-When my daughter was four and had a strange distate for picnic tables, I convinced her picnic tables were just regular tables who were also on vacation or visiting the park, and would be sad if nobody used them. They forgot their chairs, so they just lowered their sides for us to sit on (I think it was the benches which put her off.)
-The dog routinely cooks me omelettes and other wonderful breakfasts when they are not there in the morning (days they are at their mom’s).
One day my son, then seven, visited a home with a waterbed, and expressed the desire to have one. I told him he couldn’t get a waterbed, because then we would have dolphins and pirates and mermaids hanging out all night and nobody would get any sleep. He replied, in a reproachful voice “Daaad! Everybody knows that the pirates sank on their ships in the river a looong time ago. Besides, if a pirate were here today, he’d be like <raspy, deathbed voice> 'Uhhh, give me your gold…</rdv> because he’d be like a thousand years old!”.
It was hilarious, especially his “old man voice”. Also, the fact that mermaids and dolphins got a free pass, but pirates were just too much of an anachronism to let go without objection. Duh.
He also told me that no, in fact his stepdad had not gotten a new job, rather monkeys borrowed his car every morning, and apparently stepdad roamed the alleys behind the house, staying out of sight until the monkeys returned the car, occupying his time by knocking on people’s doors and asking if he could eat lunch with them.
Oh, the insights in to a child’s mind and their developing sense of the world from such seemingly meaningless conversations…