Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Because sometimes that's the best there is.

The boys are in Nantes at their grandparents' house. It's school vacation here (AGAIN!) and I've still got a lot of classes so my in-laws sweetly offered to take them for the week. Before I took them to Nantes, the boys had just enough time to make me laugh and make me wonder.

So, we were having breakfast and Boy1 was teasing his brother. I called for calm, it was way too early for anything else, and Boy2 did this thing. He held up two fingers, as if to say 2 or make a V, and then pointed them at his own eyes, and then at his brother's and then back to his own. Is that from a movie or something? Anyway, then he looked at me and said, "I've got my eye on him. Don't worry, Mama."

A couple of days later, I had a serious linguistic conversation with Boy1 about the difference between passer and d├ępasser, in reference to karate belts. I later learned he had had the same conversation with his father and with the karate teacher. The thing about Boy1 is that when he thinks he knows something, he cannot, for the time being at least - I'm hopeful this will change with time - open his mind to the possibility that he might not know all the story. Most of the time our linguistic discussions end with a standstill until an encyclopedia or a dictionary is consulted. And if it's about a French thing, I get the invariable, 'but you're not even French, Mama, how could you possibly know this?' At which point I smile instead of citing diplomas and years of residence. He's so sweet and smart (yes, I know, all parents think that) and also so very stubborn.

For the life of me, I cannot imagine how he came to be that way, stubborn, I mean.


beth said...

What is that phrase, oh yes. . .the apple does not fall far from the tree. . .or something like that. Since I've know you since birth (your birth anyway as I am a bit older) I can say this with complete certainty.

Christina said...

I can totally picture Boy 2 doing that! Do you know where he learned that?

Nicole said...

Beth - I have no idea what you're talking about.

Christina - I don't, I asked him and he said, "I don't know, somewhere."

beth said...

Selective memory perhaps??

beth said...

Selective memory perhaps??

zeb33 said...

That is my boy.

Nicole said...

Beth - Absolutely not.

Zeb - I knew you would like that.