Time: 8:30 am
Place: my car
Present: the wee one and me
Wee One: DOOOOG!
Me: Is there a dog in your book?
Me: What color is the dog? Is it yellow?
Me: Is it a blue dog?
Me: Is it a red dog?
Me: Is it a green dog?
Me: Is it a purple dog?
Time: 8:45 am
Place: Director's Office at Daycare
Present: Director and Me
Me: Can you tell me what is discussed with the toddlers regarding daddies and families?
Director: (pause) um, why do you ask?
Me: Well, because I am kindof sensitive about the "daddy" thing, since I am a single mother, and I was wondering how the topic is treated with the younger children.
Director: We try to be sensitive to all our families. The only time it really comes up is when they make fudge for Father's Day. That can go to an uncle or a grandpa or a family friend.
Me: Well, she's been very interested in The Family Book recently. She really enjoys it and wanted to bring it with her today, so I wanted to show it to you as a recommendation. I've just been talking to her about how our family is a Mommie and a Nan and a Grandpa, so she can hear the words and get used to the idea. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't any kind of specific activities that I needed to be aware of.
Director: No, we're very sensitive to all our family situations. Until they get to Pre-K. But that's a different phase.
(I don't think she truly meant that they are only tolerant until they get to Pre-K, even if it did come out that way!)
Place: hospital waiting room
Present: me, mom, my uncle, his mother-in-law
My uncle and his MIL are discussing the age of someone they both know who isn't present.
Uncle: I think he's like 77
MIL: I don't think he's that old. His sister is younger than me.
Uncle: I really think he's like 75 or 77
MIL: Well, now, let's see, if I am (this age) and she is younger than me ...
Uncle: Maybe he's like 71 or 72
MIL: I think you're closer there. There's no way he's 77, but I'll give you 72.
Uncle: Well, when you're over 70, what does it matter?
Me: I'll remind you of that when you hit 70!