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Conversations With A 4 Year-Old

“Hi Papa, I have to ask you something.”

“Of course Daybreak, what do you need to know?”

“Well,” I can practically hear her twirling her hair over the phone. “Mommy wants to know if you want to eat with us.”

“[Eva] wants to know or do you want to know?”

“Umm…umm…” She whispers (in the loud way kids do). “Mommy is just too shy to say it.”

Oh really? Your mom who is even less shy than I am? Riiiiiiiight.

“Well I have to work until tonight Sweetie but if you ask your mom nicely, maybe she’ll want to see me as well.”

She pipes a yes before I can hear her talking to Eva in the background.

“She said yes and…what was I supposed to say again Mommy?” I hear Eva sigh and speak before Daybreak continues. “She said we can have pizza tonight. So how has your day been Papa?”

“Eh it’s been just fine [Daybreak]. I’m just a bit tired.”

“You need a nap Papa, do you want me to read you a story?”

Before I can tell her no, it’s OK she has launched into a very spirited retelling of The Emperor’s New Clothes. As she finished she goes, “and the moral of the story is that you are just better off without clothes.”

“I don’t think that’s what the moral is supposed to be Sweetie.”

“But if he was nakey, he’d be free Papa.”

You know how people say you get what you did to your parents turned back on you with your own children? This must be what I get for those times I would shuck clothes as soon (or even before) I got into the house.

  1. March 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    She seems so adorable. Can’t help but smile a lot when I read you talking about Daybreak. So cute.

    I had quite honestly been having a pretty crappy day up to that point. Now I have yet to stop smiling. By the by, Eva read your comment about it being obvious I had loved Daybreak from the get-go.

    Her sole response was to laugh herself silly. The “I told you so” was left unsaid.

  2. March 5, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Two words:
    Pantless. Tuesdays.
    The way Tuesdays are supposed to be!

    As a kid, pretty much every day was pantless if I could get away with it. Even now, I am comfortable sans clothes. Why limit myself to Tuesday?

  3. March 5, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    I wore a tutu for about a year when I was her age. There were not ALWAYS clothes underneath it.

    She did the same thing for a while after Halloween last year. Finally her mom convinced that she needed actual clothes.

  4. March 6, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    So cute. I want one.

    Well, I guess I do have one. And this weekend is our weekend, so I guess I’ll see her tonight.

    Have fun with your own munchkin dear. I told mine I’d help her practice her bike riding tomorrow.

  5. March 6, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    I think I’m a fan of the moral the Daybreak drew from the story.

    …and I definitely had to go back and skim “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to refresh my mind on what the actual moral was. D’oh.

    I’ve read the old fairy tales/fables to her enough that I remember ones I had forgotten even existed. I was a fan too, however with my luck she’d have repeated that to someone she shouldn’t.

  6. March 16, 2009 at 2:10 AM

    In my class recently, I was teaching about fairy tales and having the Korean kids tell me what names of stories they could recall. They often can’t remember the true title since their English isn’t great, but other than the “fish princess” (the little mermaid) my favorite of their own broken English titles was “the naked king.” What a great story!

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