Monthly Archives: July 2008

Sorry!

Lillian is trying to reach something and accidentally knocks me on the nose.

“OW!” I say, pretending to be hurt. “What do you say??”

“Thank you… I love you!”, she sings.

“No… you say sorry, silly!”

“Sorry, silly!”

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Monkey Bars

Last time we were in Canberra, in early June, Lillian wasn’t able to swing along the monkey bars.

This time, she could:

Another happy shot:

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Anticipating possible misunderstanding

It’s about 9pm. Lillian’s was put to bed a little while before. But now from the living room we can hear somebody yelling:

I WANT TO GO TO THE TOILET!
I WANT TO GO TO THE TOILET!

I go to the bedroom, and look in. “You can go to the toilet by yourself, you know.”

She said “I want you to help me because otherwise you might be annoyed if I get out of bed.”

“I wouldn’t be annoyed if you were just going to the toilet.”

“But maybe you would think I was just getting up to do something else.”

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Will you be sad?

We came up to Canberra because Lillian’s grandfather, who has been battling with multiple myeloma for many years, is very ill. We were visiting him in hospital. Lillian doesn’t say much in these visits. I was holding her, and she was looking at Grandpa.

She turned to me and said “Daddy, will you be sad if you have no Daddy?”

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The most interesting thing that happened this weekend

Daddy, is the cow stuck?
How did the cow get stuck?
Why did the cow go in the mud?
Why did the cow want to eat the grass?
How come the cow couldn’t get out?
Why did the other cows not go there?
When will the cow get out?
Can we help the cow get out?
Why will the cow never get out?
Is that man going to shoot the cow?
Did the man shoot the cow?
Why the man shoot the cow?
Why put the cow out of misery?
Why the cow weak?
Why the cow going to get cold?
Did the cow die?
Is the cow dead?

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Art attraction

Lillian does a lot of “decorating” at child care.  This involves taking a sheet of paper (or something similar) and drawing, sometimes figuratively and sometimes abstractly; gluing things such as ice cream sticks, beads or string; profusely applying sticky tape; and whatever else takes her fancy.

On a recent trip, Daddy happened to be taken to an exhibit of glass works by Dale Chihuly at a museum in San Francisco.  He brought back a book with 365 glossy pages of vivid colour pictures:

This is now Lillian’s favourite book.  For the first 50 pages or so she’d say “WOW!” as she turned each page.  Now her favourite comment on each page is “Can we build that?”

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Learning to Click

Tonight Lillian wanted to click her fingers but it wasn’t quite working. She watched carefully as I demonstrated a few times. She then practiced periodically through the evening. After an hour or two she could do it quite proficiently.

A few months ago she trained herself to curl her tongue into a tube.

She can’t wiggle her ears yet, but is intrigued by the possibility.

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