Bedtime with KO last night.
KO: Mum, you forgot to put the lid back on the cream.
Me: Oh sorry about that. I forgot.
KO [putting the lid on]: You’re bad.
Me: I’m bad??? Honey, that doesn’t mean I’m bad. I just made a mistake.
KO: No, YOU’RE BAD.
Me: No, I’m NOT. I made a mistake. It’s okay to make mistakes. It doesn’t mean I’m bad.
KO: Nooooo Mum!!! I’m not saying that!! I’m saying YOUR BAD. It’s just a thing. You know, when someone makes a mistake!!
Me: Oh!!!!!! You mean, that’s MY BAD??
And THAT my son, is why good grammar is important.
Bedtime with KO tonight:
KO: Do I have anything to outgrow?
Me: Hmm??? Do you mean clothes?
KO: No, I mean anything that I *do*. Do I have anything to outgrow still before I’m grown up?
Me: Yes. Yes, you do.
KO: Mummy, what do you like best about me?
Me (slowly): What do I like best about you … ?
KO (laughs): It’s really hard to choose, isn’t it?
Me: It is!
KO (with a “eureka!” expression): I know!
KO: The thing you like best is that I am loved.
Me: Hmmm … I think the thing I like best about you is who you are. You are very special and there’s nobody else like you in the world. What do you like best about me?
KO: Hmmm … [pause] … the thing I like best about you is that you’re alive.