I bought a notebook early in Lara’s first pregnancy with the idea that, when the child became a certain age, I’d give it to him/her. S/he could get a sense of who his parents were before and during his arrival and it would be this big, touching Field of Dreams kind of moment, because I am too easily influenced by movies. I put the journal aside once I started Always Jacked.
A friend of mine recently turned his wife’s blog into a book, thanks to blurb.com, and he showed it to me last weekend. It was beautiful, a hard bound coffee table book filled with photos and posts and dreams and fears and funny stories.
Now that Jack is at an age where he is picking up words like crazy, repeating every word he hears and then incorporating it into his vocabulary, the wife has suggested that we need to write down some of his favorite expressions.
No, I thought, these need to go into the book I’ll make and give to Jack when he heads off to college.
Some phrases currently in heavy rotation.
- Em Em Ems: Might I have some M&M’S? (The fact that the brand is a client of mine has nothing to do with the boy’s preferences. He plucked one off of a cake at his first Easter at no one’s urging but his own.)
- Bye bye movie: Good bye, living room. Jack says good bye to the entire house when we take him up to bed.
- No poops: I didn’t go to the washroom in my pants. (This usually ends up being untrue.)
- Guy: There’s a new man I’ve never met before, standing right there.
- More Pink!: I’d like to hear the song, Raise Your Glass, again. (Typical musical request whenever we are in the car.)
- See choo choo: I would like to play at the Thomas the Tank Engine train table at that Barnes & Noble. (Usually accompanied by much pointing and laughing.)
- Pick car: Dad, can I please buy a Matchbox car today? (Said in every single store where Matchbox cars are sold. I don’t know how he knows that there is one peg’s worth of Matchbox cars at the CVS, but he knows. He knows.)
- Cerererial: Make with the Cherrios, mister.
- Copa TaTan: Captain America
- Green Tanturn: Green Lantern
- Bananana: Batman. So called because of the theme song from the 1960s television show. Which someone played for him once or twice. Thank you, YouTube.
Jack, don’t feel bad about anything you say. I’ve been told that, when I was quite young, I used to call flies “birdies.”
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