Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Wee Parts One, Two and Loving the Tadpoles

Wee Part One

We live five minutes drive from lots of country lanes. Some of these country lanes have bumps, the sort that make your stomach lurch as you dip down. We call these 'wheeeeeeeees', which is the noise we scream as we fly over the them.

We have a particular favourite on the back road to Ilkley. The faster you go the better the 'wheeeeeeeee'.

The 4 year old informed me today that she knows how to tell a bad 'wheeeeeeeee' from a good 'wheeeeeeeee'.

4 year old - "A good wheeeeeeeee makes me do a little wee".

Wee Part Two

We spent most of Easter weekend with my sister, her family and some of her friends who had come down for the week from Scotland.

The friends from Scotland have a daughter who is four and got on famously with my 4 year old. After their first day together they declared themselves BFF.

The Scottish four year old is … well … Scottish and instead of using the word 'small' uses the word 'wee'. As my Dad, my aunt, uncle, cousins and my grandparents are Scottish it is something I give no thought to.

The 4 year old however has given it as much thought as possible.

4 year old - "Why does [the Scottish four year old] say 'a wee dog/a wee burp/a wee play/a wee boy"?

Me - "Scottish people use the word 'wee' for 'small'.

4 year old - "But if a Scottish person does a small wee, is it a wee wee"

Me - "I suppose so, yes"

4 year old - "… and if a Scottish person does a small poo is it a wee poo?" looks at me and sniggers

Me - sighing "I suppose so, yes"

This conversation I'm sure would have gone on ... and on ... and on had she not been in the car clutching an ice cream tub full of tadpoles which had been collected from Auntie K's pond ... to which she kept whispering "I love you".

15 comments:

Gaston Studio said...

LOL, kids are wonderful creatures, aren't they?

P.S. I used to love tadpoles too!

The Gnu said...

a wee poo, *snickers* sorry, i think i left my maturity on a big wheeeee.
did the tadpoles ever reply? lol
from the Gnu

Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said...

The poor tadpoles ... we don't even have a pond. I'll have to make a makeshift one.

Have just been reading up on 'tadpole care'. They are very into cannibalism ... which is ummm nice.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Too funny! I love it!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

They say some wonderful things. Great that we have the age of technology to tell others.

CJ xx

ModernMom said...

LOL You have a funny little kid there. Love it!

Expat mum said...

They're very clever aren't they?

Kelloggsville said...

bless her heart - that is just so sweet. Life through a childs eyes really is the most gorgeous thing x

DM09 said...

Can't wait for those moments with Oscar - at the moment he can only trump in response to my questions - which is quite often...

Ladybird World Mother said...

!! oh there is nothing to beat a good wee or poo story. And we call those hills 'wees' too!

Maternal Tales said...

I don't know which part is more cute - the little wee going over a wheeee or the I love you tadpoles. Too too cute. And funny!

Metropolitan Mum said...

I love the 'I love you' bit. Could have been me. I think I might still do that if nobody watches me...

b said...

How funny, this brings back many memories, as I am Scottish but have lived away for many years and when I take the kids back to Scotland, there are always interesting questions about why they use different words for things, sometimes it can be quite hilarious.

Catharine Withenay said...

It reminds me of a joke about an Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman ... but it's probably deemed racist now! I tried to teach it to some Dutch/German friends once - something got lost in translation!!

Littlemummy said...

Didn't know you had Scottish relatives...or maybe you mentioned after a few strawberry daquiris?