Thinking that Jade was ready for a little tongue twister, I tried to teach her Peter Piper during bathtime tonight.
Mama: "Peter Piper..."
Jade: "Peter Piper."
Mama: "picked a peck..."
Jade: "picked a peck"
Mama: "of pickled pepper."
Jade: "pickled pepper."
Mama: "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper."
Jade: "Peter Piper pickled pepper."
Mama: "Anak, it goes like this: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper. If Peter
Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, where is the peck of pickled pepper Peter
Jade: "On the table."
Mama: "This is calamansi. It's sour. It's maasim."
Jade(tastes the calamansi): "Calmansi. Sssour. Hmm..asim!"
Mama: "This is soy sauce. It's salty. And this is sugar; it's sweet."
Jade continues to taste each one alternately. She then asks for some more soy sauce.
Jade: "Mama, I want more soy sauce please."
Mama: "Tell me first how soy sauce tastes."
Jade: "It's delicious."
Mama: "Is it sour, salty, or sweet?"
Jade: "It's yummy!"
We definitely need another lesson on tastes. ^_^
At dinner this evening, Jade asked her Papa if he was a giant. This triggered a memory of a conversation we had a few weeks ago:
Mama: "Sleep na, my baby. Close your eyes."
Jade: "But I'm not a baby. I'm a little girl!"
Mama: "Ok. Sleep my little girl."
Jade: "Mama, are you a girl?"
Mama: "Yes, I am. Go to sleep na, Jade."
Jade: "I'm a girl. Mama's a girl."
"And Jakei's a boy."
"And Papa's a giant."
Suffice it to say that it took some time before my little girl fell asleep.
there was jade and jakei...
it was a sunny day...
then they were walking...
on the green grass...
...then they were taking a nap."
Ok, so there's really nothing special about this story - except that it was a bedtime story told by my 2-year-old daughter last night. And for this mom, it is the best story ever!
Jade suddenly embraces Mama and says
Jade: "I love you, Mama!"
Mama: "Ohhh...I love my baby..."
Jade squiggles out of my embrace and exclaims
Jade: "But I'm not a baby anymore. I'm a little girl! And Jakei's a little boy."
At breakfast one weekday morning, Jade watches Mama prepare her choco drink.
Jade: Mama, what's that?
Mama: It's Milo. It's Mama's hot chocolate. (hands an empty sachet of Milo to Jade)
Jade: (after scrutinizing the sachet for a few seconds) Mama, look it's Milo! Can you say that - Milo? MIIII - LO!
Jade: Papa's in the office.
Jade: Papa's not here.
Jakei: Papa...Papa...(on the verge of tears)
Jade: Jakei, don't cry. Papa's in the office. He'll be home later.
As Mama was scrubbing the ink stains from Jade's hands during bathtime:
Mama: Your hands are so dirty, anak. Look at that. What 're on your hands?
Mama: Hay, they're so DIRty.
Jade: But I'm just working, Mama.
(Note to Mama: Painting, drawing, scribbling, and all other fun messy activities are part of a toddlers' day. So, credit dirty hands to work-related accidents.)