Patience and Persistence wanted in on this blog thing, so I agreed to let them have an entry. However, faced with two obstacles (blank page and no ability to draw in this window) we compromised on an interview.
Mom: What's your favorite song?
Patience: Blackbird (the Sarah MacLachlan version) and Upside Down from Georgie (Jack Johnson).
Persistence: No! Tissy can't have Georgie! Georgie's MINE!
Mom: It's okay that two people like the same song. I'm glad when someone else likes the same music I do because then we can talk about it. So Pers, what's your favorite song?
Persistence: GEORGIE! (Upside Down by Jack Johnson)
Mom: Any others?
Persistence: WOO HOO SONG! (Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall)
Mom: Tell me about your favorite friend.
Mom: You've known Sabi your whole life, right?
Persistence: YES! Sabi habing birthday like I hab birthday!
Mom: True! Your birthdays are really close together.
Patience: My friends play jokes.
Mom: Play jokes? Like what?
Patience: I don't know, they just play jokes.
Mom: Okay so is this like the time that boy in your class told you he cut off his finger and the paper clip was holding it on?
Patience: No. Anyway he's a very naughty boy. He never gets trips to the treasure chest. Like I got yesterday.
Mom: You did get a trip, that means 10 greens in a row. And you got a pretty cool surfing penguin.
Patience: Yes! But he doesn't really surf in water, only if I hold him up.
Mom: Well, still neat, right?
Mom: Pers what do you and your friends do at school?
Persistence: Pinch, slap and hit.
Mom: Umm okay, anything else? You do anything else, something fun?
Persistence: Play with ice. DOGGIE! You step on my books!
Mom: What did you do with the ice?
Persistence: Put it in cups. I didn't eat the ice.
Mom: I see. What do you wish you could do that you can't?
Patience: Draw really good pictures, like as good as in a book. I wish I could draw as good as an illustrator and write as good as an author.
Mom (not even wincing over grammar): Is that why you got the "How to draw" book from the library?
Patience: Yeah so I can get better at drawing.
Mom: Did that book help?
Patience: Yeah, but sometimes the rectangles are hard. I can draw a horse now, though, a little bit.
Mom: Pers, and you?
Persistence: I wish I could climb way way up. And fly over my school.
Mom: Would you wave at your friends?
Pers: Yes. I'd fly over Teacher and Sabi.
Mom: How high would you go?
Patience: Would you go into space?
Persistence: Yes! To the moon!
Patience: Would you do it over and over? Would you see a swan?
Pers: I'd see cuckoo ducks.
Much giggling and repeating of "cuckoo ducks."
Patience: What is a cuckoo duck anyway?
Mom: I don't know. Your sister has an intriguing mind.
Patience: Isn't that the truth! Are there princess cuckoo ducks? Is your pig named Coconut?
Pers: YES! Princess cuckoo duck!! NO PIG COCONUT! COCONUT CUCKOO BUTT!
Mom: Okay NO BUTT TALK!
Persistence flips her stuffed toy pig over, lifts its tail and makes a pooting noise. Giggling.
Patience: That's your pig's BUTT!
Mom: Hey let's talk about books or walruses or sealing wax instead, okay.
Patience: SEALING WAX! Is that for BUTTS?
Mom: UGH, anything else besides butts?
Persistence: Jump your pig on mine!
Mom: Okay! Okay! Uncle!
Patience: Name my manatee, Mom.
Mom: How about Melanie the Manatee?
Mom: Any closing remarks?
Patience: I don't have any more. Can we watch Wonder Pets now?
Mom: In a minute. Persistence, anything to say?
Persistence: PIG POOP!
Mom: Yep. Okay. That's deep. Go watch Wonder Pets.
Children exit making pig and pooting noises.
Mom: My little ladies. Cuckoo...cuckoo duck.
Note: Wow, there really is a cuckoo duck! Yeah, not the nicest bird ever.
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