Edited to add – this post was written in September 2009 and forgotten! Conversations, cheating and insults have grown more complicated in the two years that have gone by since.
So the OA and his brats play a game where they ‘insult’ each other by calling each other animal and bird names.
OA: You… wombat
Brat: You caterpillar
Bean: You elephant (What else?!)
OA: You eel
Brat: You pigeon
Bean: You amanello (She means armadillo)
Brat: You wolf
And so it goes on 45 minutes while I struggle to get some work done, turning around and once in a while throwing in a few insults of my own – You Kangaroo, or you platypus!
And then suddenly the OA who thinks he is playing with kids and no one is really listening to him, goes: You clam chowder!
Without missing a beat or looking up from my PC I say: You cheat!
The OA collapses under the weight of his conscience and two children who throw themselves on him and beat the crap out of him for cheating. The truth shall prevail
This nugget is from the present.
Cousin J asks generally, What have Dipta bhaiya and Tina didi named the baby?
Maid answers – Drishti. Bangali hai (in an attempt to explain why the name is an unfamiliar one to her)
The Bean pipes up – Bangali nahi, bachcha hai.
I love the clarity of thought kids have
Reason # 2348 for loving the Brat.
The Brat banging on the toilet door, “Mama, mama? hurry up and come out. I’ve come to hug you and love you.”