The other day I was reading a book about colors to 3-year-old Anna. On each page was a question about that page’s color, such as “What color is the sun?” or “What kind of red truck helps put out fires?” On the purple page, I read the question “Can you name a purple fruit?” to Anna. She responded, “Sure. I’ll name the purple fruit Jesse.” I’ve always thought ‘Jesse’ would make a great name for a purple fruit.

The kids recently went through a stage where they wanted to watch Toy Story 2 every day. In the show, the arch nemesis of Buzz Lightyear is named Zurg. I guess that was too difficult to remember because for days Anna insisted that his name was Picture. I have no idea where that came from, but she was adamant about it. Then one day she decided his name was Zurg, and Picture has never come up again (much to my dismay).

Along those same lines, someone gave us a box of Rice Krispies a short time ago. This is a new cereal for Anna and I guess a difficult name to remember because every day for a couple of weeks she would ask for tacos for breakfast. Me: “You mean Rice Krispies?” Anna: “Oh. Yeah. Well they’re called tacos because Daddy told me they are.”


5 thoughts on “Anna-isms

  1. Kids really are funny. Especially when they make up words and expect you to know what they are talking about. Nathan still does that! In fact today he was trying to say either vacation OR destination but it kept coming out desticate so I had no clue what he meant.

  2. We still call various objects the names our kids invented. Anyone else wouldn’t have a clue what we’re talking about. It’s one of the joys of parenting for me.

  3. I have fun doing that too sometimes, but I have to admit I feel a little guilty whenever I ask Anna if she wants tacos for breakfast.

  4. Then you have my husband who usually calls things by the names he called them when he was a youngster, thereby teaching our kids the wrong names to begin with. πŸ™‚

    And we too still sometimes refer to things by the made-up names our kids called them, even though they’re both past that stage of life. πŸ™‚

  5. Maybe it’s our way of keeping them young a little longer. As exciting as it is to see them grow and learn, it can also be a little sad.

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