Thursday, February 16, 2006


Ah, the joy of giving, or is it receiving, or is it just getting and getting and getting?

On our way home from school on Tuesday night, for the FULL half-hour drive, I got to hear each and every valentine they received, in intricate detail (and they had 20 -- EACH!!!).

"Mama, look, I got a Strawberry Shortcake," says Saia excitedly. "She has a hat and she's pink."

"Well, I got a Bob the Builder," taunts Chago. "He has a yellow hat and yellow pants."

"But I have a Winnie-the-Pooh," hails Saia. "He has no pants. Mommy doesn't like him."

"Oooh, but I have a Tigger!!!" yells Chago. "He bounces and bounces and bounces."

And they go on and on and on...

And I guess I just didn't realize how many commercial products they could actually identify without ever having owned one (okay, maybe one) or seen a commercial for one (definitely not). How is that possible? How, in the short 6 months that they've been in school could they possibly have tripled their vocabulary with brand names?

I'm both proud and disgusted all at once.

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