Our family is pretty good about all of us sitting down to dinner together. Granted, there are a couple of nights a week where some of us are off playing floorball, or are at drama rehearsals. But for the most part, we are a family that sits down to dinner together on a regular basis. It is one thing I love and treasure about my family.
Tonight however I had the pleasure of dining with just one of my children. My husband was busy treating a patient and my older two kids were so engrossed in their homework I didn't have the heart to tell them to stop and come and eat. (translation: one kid didn't want a full stomach before floorball practice and the other was busy on the computer and chose not to come when the dinner bell rang).
So my almost 6-year-old and I dined together. The dinner conversation was fascinating.
Below is the transcript:
Emma: So whatta you wanna talk about?
Me: I don't know. Do you want to talk about something?
Em: Well yes. That's what you're supposed to do. You sit down, you eat, and you talk.
Me: Ok, let's talk. You go first.
Em: Well ok. Did you know that Tom loves Becky?
Me: Yes, I think I heard something about that.
Em: Tom, he's so handsome. He sat down with Becky and asked her to go 'gaged.
Me: You mean, engaged?
Em: Yeah, that's what I said. He said, Becky have you ever been gaged before? And Becky said no, what does it mean to be gaged. And Tom said I think you have to kiss. And he gave her a ring. And he said something about some other girl and Becky got mad and said she didn't want to gage him anymore.
Me: That's interesting. How do you know about Tom and Becky?
Em: You know, from the movie.
Me: Oh yes. Well wait until you read the book. Did you know it's a book?
Em: Of course. Just like Huckberry. He's in the movie too. But the movie is much better than the book.
Me: Really? Because I usually like the books much better than the movies.
Em: Hmmm. So when did you get gaged?
Me: In 1989. By the way, do you know what engaged means?
Em: Of course. You have to kiss and get married. It's very romantic.
Me: You think so? What does romantic mean?
Em: Mom, you know. When he's handsome and everything. That's romantic. And do you remember when the 2 kids across the street moved away? I was like 3 years old.
Me: I remember. What does that have to do with romantic.
Em: And then Riley moved in?
Me: I think you're changing the subject here.
Em: Riley is my friend.
Me: Yes, I know. What do you like about Riley?
Em: She's nice. Can I have dessert?
Me: You have to finish your dinner. You've been talking so much you haven't eaten.
Em: Well I'm done.
Me: Eating or talking?