through the eyes of a three-year-old

April 8, 2010

I found this songbook a few weeks ago--it's just a bunch of traditional nursery rhymes, but we didn't have a few of the songs yet, so I picked it up. 

Are you familiar with the song pictured on the cover, Sing a Song of Sixpence? I'm sure you are, but just in case, I'll share a line that led to a funny conversation between Juliet and I the other night. 

"The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes/ when along came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!" 

So, I was busy making dinner and Juliet was running circles around the kitchen singing this song in her beautiful 3 year old voice. (When I say "singing" I mean screaming.) 

When she got to this part in the song, she stopped, looked at me and said, "Hey mom, what's a maid?" 

And I said, "It's someone who cleans your house and does your laundry for you." 

As soon as I said this, I thought, "Oh. No. Here it comes!" (You can see where this is going, can't you?)

She stood there for a moment, staring intently at me and then her eyes lit up.  She pointed at me and exclaimed with the excitement of a scientist stumbling across a new discovery, "Hey! YOU are a maid!"

I really couldn't argue with that. It does feel like that somedays. :) 

Have you had any funny conversations with your kids lately? 


Jenny said...

LOL! I thought she was going to get worried about the maid's nose missing.

Annette W. said...

I like the version "sat on her nose" better...a bit more visually appealing, you know?

Yes, we are maids, huh?

htebazile said...

aww so cute! Ive had my son make similar comments - without the poem LOL

Jackie said...

Too cute! I feel like a maid most days. I imagine my son might say the same thing.

Raising a Happy Child said...

This made me giggle. Anna learned the meaning of the word maid in the context of me telling her repeatedly, "Hey, I am NOT your maid!". She was focusing on the "pecked off her nose" part of that song once, and I had to answer way too many "why"s on the subject.

Raising a Happy Child said...

And this also reminded me of a funny conversation with Anna about a new Blu Ray of Wizard of Oz that she spied on my husband's desk. Anna: "Hey, what is this DVD doing here? It looks new". Me: "Yes, it's the same movie, but now the recording will have better quality". Anna (thinking for a while): "Oh yes - it will be without a bad witch!"

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I hope you answered, "No, but I need one!"

Debbie said...

This is cute! Made me laugh. Reminds me of a conversation with Selena just last week. We were driving home from one of her Drs appt. She wanted a toy she had in the back seat. I couldn't reach it while driving and told her so, so she announced, well shouted, "Stop driving down the road now and get me my toy."

Rebekah said...

Aah bless ! I can see that conversation!

April said...

Lol, cute story. Remind her of that when she has kids :). I love nursery rhyme books, I collect them whenever I see them cheap/used. I probably have over 25 now. Even though some of them have repeats, you always get new illustrations!

The Life of Blights said...

I can't wait to have conversations like that with my little man:)

Brimful Curiosities said...

Just tonight my daughter told me that she doesn't like tomatoes and that we should go in the basement if any tomatoes come by. After asking why we needed to go to the basement I figured out she meant tornadoes.

Kim said...

LOL! I think it is funny how you saw it coming. My son told me one day that he didn't want to grow up and be a daddy because daddies have to work. he wanted to be a mommy because they get to play all day. If that is what he remembers from his childhood, I will be so happy.

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