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“Another Word for Babies is Insects”

One of the great wonderful things that has happened with living in Pensacola is that I get to spend a lot of time with my two little grandchildren, one of whom is two months old and just loves to be held, and one of whom is three years old and loves to talk.

I adore them both, but the three year old is so much more interesting, as he can talk and express himself and I love the way a three year old thinks.

We talk a lot. The other day we were talking about breaking things like arms – he had just broken his arm in two places and got a 1 (needs improvement) on “uses playground equipment safely” LOL. I had just told him how my sister broke both of her arms, not at the same time, and how we had each broken a leg skiing.

“You know, Shisha, you’re a lot like a boy,” he said to me, and I knew it was a compliment but I couldn’t help laughing.

“Why do you say that?” I asked, and got some evasive answer – even a three year old has a sense of when a thought might be out of the ordinary.

This week, though, he really gave me a good laugh when he came running in and showed me his weekly sheet, with green happy faces (that is a very good thing) and a photo of himself as a baby.

“Another word for babies is ‘insects!'” he announced, and I couldn’t help it, I laughed.


“No! No! It’s ‘infants!'” I said, and made him watch my lips as I said it because it’s one of those words where we kind of cut off the t at the end, and he got it right. I laughed, knowing it must be “I” week at his school and how very cool is it that they are teaching three year olds such words as “infant” and “Insect” and so what if it takes a little while to get them all straight, just hearing them and seeing them applied is such a good thing.


November 3, 2013 - Posted by | Communication, Cultural, Education, Family Issues, Humor, Words


  1. Cute story! I love all our kids, but yes….the older they get, the more interesting they become, conversation-wise, at least! Our three year old was Robin to big brother’s Batman for Halloween….Batman and Robin. He, however, translated his identity into “Baskin Robin”. Yum….putting it in context with ice cream is always good 🙂

    Comment by grammy | November 4, 2013 | Reply

  2. Reminds me of the old Art Linkletter show-“Kids Say the Darnedest Things”. It’s always amusing (and sometimes embarrassing) when they get words turned around.

    Comment by momcatwa | November 4, 2013 | Reply

  3. He may return to the “insect” terminology once the “infant” begins bugging him by crawling into his territory in a few months 😀

    Comment by grammy | November 4, 2013 | Reply

  4. LOL, Grammy @ Baskin and Robin! I love it!

    MomcatWA – you are right and there are several conversations I won’t go into regarding poop! We just try to keep our faces straight, knowing that the window during which it is an acceptable topic of conversation is so limited 🙂

    You know, Grammy, I have had inklings of that . . . right now, she isn’t much of a threat, but once she starts TOUCHING things . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 4, 2013 | Reply

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