Friday, June 09, 2006

What a girl wants

My little one wants something.

Yesterday in the car, she looked at me in the rear-view mirror:

“I want tongue.”

Thinking she was playing a game, I stuck my tongue out. “Mommy has a big tongue!”

She stuck hers out, then stopped abruptly. “No, I want tongue!”

Hmm. Is she wanting a bigger tongue, a longer tongue, perhaps a pinker tongue? “Daddy has a really big tongue!”

She laughed, as if to humor my idiotic thought. “No, Mommy, I want tongue.”

Maybe it wasn’t a tongue at all that she wanted. How could I have been so foolish?

“You want a big thumb? A big bum? A big lung?”

“No. A big tongue!”

The game of verbal charades was fast boring her and I feverishly began mentally calculating how many minutes until I could unbuckle her and avoid the conversation altogether.

“I want a big tongue.”

We got home and she ran to the TV. Finally, some progress! Now I knew it was not “want tongue” but “watch tongue.”

A quick rifle through the movies produced nothing but frustration.

A whole day has passed and we are no closer to wanting OR watching tongue than we were yesterday.

Where is the preschool-ese dictionary when you need it?

Any guesses would be greatly appreciated.


Susanne said...

That's too funny! At least she's not throwing a full fledged tantrum while you're desperately trying to figure it out. Sorry I can't think of a thing that it might mean.

Carol said...

I. Have. No. Idea.

But that cow needs to learn some manners!

T.S. Eliot said...

Oh the suspense! I can't think of any movie character who are named tongue, or have a big tongue (Goofy, maybe?), and say tongue... but please post when you figure out what tongue means!