|Flanna and her Aunt Jessica|
Second, please forgive me if I am incoherent while writing this. Flannery has been sick, and so I've not slept well in at least 3 days. Last night was the worst--she had a really high fever that got scary in the wee hours of the morning. I took her to the pediatrician this morning, who diagnosed her with a sinus infection, which I am not sure is right, but hey, who am I to judge? At least she gave Flanna a prescription.
Anyway, the good thing about having a sick child is that I had a chance to hang out with her all day and to listen to her adorable stories and comments while not: a) driving or b) cooking dinner (which is what I'm normally doing when she says adorable things, and then I don't have the extra hands to write them down.) Today, though, I tried to remember to write down some of the hits. And there were many:
1. While trying to wiggle her top tooth (which is not at all loose) : "Mom, I can't wait to lose a tooth. Because then I'll get money to buy toys with. But not this one, not this razor tooth (pointing to her canine). When I lose this baby, I'm keeping it, because it's really cool and pointy."
2. Telling a story about a sick princess: "Then, the doctor said to the princess, "Princess, you have appetitis! And you need to take this medicine to cure it!" So the princess took the medicine every day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and then her appetitis went away."
3. Continuing her story about a sick princess: "The princess's friend, a dolphin, swailed over from his island. "
me: "Swailed? Do you mean sailed?"
Flanna: "No, mom. Suh-wailed. Swailed. It's a type of swimming dolphins do. Anyway, he swailed over from his island and came to see the princess."
(She almost had me convinced that swailing was possibly a real thing. Turns out, it is. But it doesn't mean swimming.)
4. Chatting about the pizza we were having for lunch: "P.P.S., mom, I only want cheese on mine."
5. Getting ready for bed, she opens her closet door: "I need to pick out my party dress for tomorrow."
me: "Flannery, you're staying home sick tomorrow with Grandma."
Flannery: "Well, yeah, but I'm watching Beauty and the Beast, so I need to wear my party dress."
6. Making a list of people to invite to her birthday party (which is not for 8 more months, mind you): Flanna: "Guess who I'm inviting to my party, mom?"
me: "all your cousins?"
Flanna: "No. Well, yes, them, but also--worms! I'm inviting worms to my party! Because I love worms, you know that."
7. In the bathtub:
Flanna: "Mom, who owns America?"
Me: "No one does, sweetie. We all own little bits of land, but no one person owns America."
Flanna: "But what about the President?"
Me: "Well, he owns his own house and land, but not everyone else's."
Flanna: "No, really, mom, who owns America?"
8. Snuggling before bed:
Flanna: "When you get to heaven, you're going to have to ask God to make your hair red again."
Flanna: "So I'll recognize you when I get there. That's how I recognize you, is by your hair."
9. Getting pajamas on:
Flanna: "Mom, how do we make slime?"
Flanna: "You know, mucus?"
Me: "Oh, I'm not sure. I'll have to look that up."
10. Setting up her DVD player with her Beauty & the Beast movie this morning:
me: "Sweetie, let's set you up so you can watch the movie in your bed instead of on the floor."
Flanna: "But mom, I can't dance on the bed."
me: "Well, yes, but you don't usually dance while you watch movies, right?"
Flanna: "But this time, I'm going to dance. The whole time."
11. As we drove past a city bus on the way to get her prescription (OK, so I was driving for this one, but amazingly, I remembered it anyway!):
"When I grow up, I'm going to be a bus driver. And people will have to call me "Your Highness" when they get on the bus. I'll be a princess-artist-bus-driver. And when I'm done driving the bus, I'll park it at home, and will go inside and do my art."
12. Reading a story about Jonah & the Whale:
me: "Then the whale spat Jonah out of his mouth onto the beach. And the next time God asked Jonah to go to Ninevah, he obeyed God and went."
Flanna: "But I think he still didn't want to. Look at his face."
(and she was right--the illustration showed a pretty reluctant Jonah--I think I just changed the subject-- Not sure what to say to that!?)
13. Looking at an illustration of the solar system in a book: "I don't think stars are really white. The people who drew these pictures must not have known that real stars are rainbow colors." (I actually did look that one up. And you know what? She's right!)
So, there you go, folks. A glimpse into everyday conversation with Flanna Banana. If only I always had my pen at the ready...her creative little brain is always coming up with interesting ways to look at the world.
What made you smile or laugh today?