1.18.2009

Scene: darkened bedroom, child in bed calling to her mother. It is the last gasp of the evening's bedtime routine. Books have been read, prayers said, lights turned out about 10 minutes previous.
child: "Mommy! Mommy!"r
Mother enters, kneels by bed.
child: "I decided I want to be a teacher when I grow up!"
mother: "That's great, honey! Just like daddy and mommy!"
child: "Yeah, and Auntie Susie!"
mother (voice slightly quavering at the magnitude of this, her first born's choice of career): "You know, you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up!"
child: "Oh good! Because I also want to be a duck."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe she can teach ducks. Or maybe she jokes. Mr. Eleven is reminding me that she has been known to make absurdist jokes in the past.

rosa said...

Now she wants to be a writer. And she corrected me-it was a DUCKLING, not just a duck. She is nothing if not specific in her word usage right now. Oftentimes it's cute, but usually just completely annoying. I wonder who she could take after?

smalls said...

Wow. Is she always this ridiculously cute? I mean, she seems to be everytime we see her... ;o) Awesome!

Esther Montgomery said...

Good choice!

Esther

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.