Monday, March 17, 2008

Thaïs And TV Advertisements

There’s a new quiz show on TV. Actually I think it’s more like a competition where you have to send in the correct option by SMS. The question changes every week or so.
Last week’s question: ‘Which animal is also known as the Ship Of The Desert?’
The answers: 1) Horse 2) Ass 3) Camel
The first time Thaïs heard the options she was shocked. She knows ‘ass’ is on the list of ‘bad words that she must not use on other people’.
Eyes wide, she asked, “Did he say ‘Ass’?”
“Yes, he did. But in this case it’s allowed because ‘ass’ is another word for ‘donkey’.”
“Okay,” she said, and there were no further comments.
The next time she heard the announcer she stood up and at the top of her voice she yelled out, “Option 1, Horse; Option 2, Ass; Option 3, ASSHOLE….!”
Another advertisement for designer bath fittings shows a man soaking in a tub, drink in hand. Then he gets out, wraps a towel around himself and walks past what I assume is a designer bidet and a designer commode. Li'l one watches the ad, then asks, “Now why didn’t he sit on the pot? Is he feeling shy?”

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Don’t Interrupt Me, I’m Talking!

Li'l one is normally extremely polite. She says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ with no hesitation. Getting her to say ‘sorry’, however is another matter entirely. It takes a lot of coaxing which sometimes doesn’t work. So we just threaten her ;-) . Unfortunately for us, she is not easily scared. Needless to say, we’re still working on that one. The coaxing, I mean.
Another thing we’ve been trying to teach her is to not interrupt people when they’re talking. To be fair, we have had some success on this front.
Here’s what happened yesterday. Mario and li'l one were arguing about something. Mario said something to her, she said something back to him, and it went on. Suddenly she wags a finger in his face and says, “Daddy, stop talking. Don’t interrupt me. I’m talking now. Wait till I finish.”
Practise what you preach, Mario.
The best part of it all? She’s only three years old!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

An Update And A Fart

I’m finally feeling well enough to post again. I’ve been down with the ‘flu for the last 4 days. With my clogged sinuses and throbbing brain, everytime I sat down in front of the computer it felt like my head would explode. In the midst of this all, I had my insurance exam to answer, as I mentioned in an earlier post. How I managed I’ll never know, but I did and I’m glad it’s over. I should know the results in a couple of days, but if I don’t mention the exam again, you’ll know I failed it! :-)
And now, here’s something that happened yesterday: I walked into the TV room where Thaïs and Mario were sitting and found Thaïs scowling and rubbing her eyes. I asked her what had happened. “My eyes are burning. Daddy farted.”
A few seconds later my eyes started burning too. I’m not kidding. This really happened. It must have been some fart!