My kids are at the fun ages when they take literally everything, literally. Some days I think we live in one of the Amelia Bedelia books. Here are just a few examples of what I say and what they think I mean:
- I’m going to go jump in the shower = I am jumping up and down like a bunny in the shower
- I’m going to run to the store = I am going running, to the grocery store and back
- The fire alarm went off = The fire alarm stopped
- “It stopped raining! Now we can go jump in muddy puddles!” cried Peppa (reading a book) = Peppa was crying
- We had a lock-out at school = What she means is lock-down, but aren’t they really locking out the bad guys?
- My shampoo is making my muscles stronger = Referring to “body building” shampoo
- My daughter says, “You never let me do anything!” = I interpret that as, “You telling me I cannot stand on top of the kitchen table in my princess dress means that you love me and care for my safety.”
- My other daughter says, “Why do we always have to eat chicken for dinner?!” = I translate to, “Thank you for making this delicious, organic, fifteen dollar, free range chicken to help our bodies grow big and strong!”
- A family member says, “You cut your hair…but it was so pretty when it was long.” = I know what he really means to say was, “I admire your bold decision, your beauty is not defined by your physical appearance.” (I may be pushing it on this one, but hey, it keeps me sane).
Needless to say, whether you’re literal or more open to interpretation, it makes for some lively (and often hilarious) conversations.
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