Monday, 8 September 2008

A Head For Heights

When they're not growling at each other because one wants to build a tower and the other wants to knock it down, The Girl (4) and The Boy (21 months) are heartbreakingly nice to each other. She often calls him simply "Brother" and seeks him out for comfort if I've told her off; she tries to heave him off the ground in order to show how strong she is (she manages half an inch, him being only 2kg lighter that her). Last thing at night they do a duet of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She takes the main part, and he interjects at HOW (I wonder what you) ARE, UP A (bove the world so) HIGH, etc... He listens patiently to her various renditions of Advance Australia Fair, and gives her a clap.


I've noticed recently how The Girl imitates my nauseatingly enthusiastic way of encouraging my children - Wow this and Cor that and general You are amazing's... She applauded The Boy's first steps months ago, and laughs and woo-hoo's along with me at every new word or cute new facial expression. But this evening she took enthusiasm and confidence building to a new and hilarious level as only a child could. We were examining his teeth (he was very slow to get any so it's still a bit of a novelty) and we had an all-round hi-5 for his having 10 pearly-whites. Then she started spouting excitedly about what a big boy he was getting, how very grown-up he was, with her eyes ever wider and her voice beautifully dramatic:

"You're nearly as tall as me!" she exclaimed, using her hand to measure a line from the top of his head to just below her chin. "Wow, Brother!" she said, "If I didn't have a head, we'd be the same height!!"

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7 comments:

ireneintheworld said...

love that. i keep telling my daughter to write down the things they say in case they get lost in time. that's a cracker. x

Geraldine said...

Aaaw!!

Nik's Blog said...

BLESS! That is terrific.

Nik

DuffyEnAfrique said...

I guess her head accounts for that 2 kgs?!

Claire said...

That is exceptionally very cute.

helen said...

Just love it. My friend has a book and writes down all the funny things each child says. Its hilarious, even to outsiders! Mind you, your blog will do the same thing. It is so easy to forget these things though... love your stories and the cop porn...

Mum'sTheWord said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone. I am endlessly / nauseatingly delighted by the children's funny little ways so it's nice to know that the stories sometimes appeal outside the family.