Lessons from the Preschool

Older Son interrupted our bedtime story (Androcles and the Lion, for the 10th time in two days), getting my attention and, making the thumbs-down sign with his right hand, informing me that "This is root." I blinked twice, wondering where he was going with this. With thumb pointing up, he informed me, "This. Is not root.". Excellent, I thought. I quietly indulged him with rapt attention, since he clearly had something new to show off.

And then it came.

He made a fist and gingerly picked up his middle finger with his other hand, straightening it until it was standing at attention, flipping me the tiniest of birds. I choked down a laugh and upheld my quizzical look. "This", he continued, "is also root."

Indeed, I thought. "Hmm," I said. "Okay. Can we continue the book now? Because I really think this lion's going to do in ol' Androcles this time."

I wonder how many of these things I brought home that my parents had to just sit back and put up with. After all, nothing encourages a certain behaviour than telling a preschooler he shouldn't do it. And so we sort of let it slide when it comes up, and we'll address the middle finger thing if and when it becomes an issue.

Twice since that event we've been reminded that the thumbs down is root, and The Lovely Wife and I have been wondering if there's some sort of Street Slang clinic going on at Daycare. If there is, it's not clearly marked on the calendar we get from them on the first of every month (unless Show & Share is not at all what I think it is.)

Emily Post, move over. There's a new kid in town.

Edit: To the non-parents out there, "root" = "rude"

Posted bythemikestand at 9:24 AM  

5 stepped up to the mike:

Brianna said... 11:58 AM, August 20, 2007  

does root == rude?

-- confused nonparent

Sassy said... 10:39 AM, August 21, 2007  

Yeah I don't get the "root" thing either.

Hilarious though..."the tiniest of birds." Ha.

I'm back to blogging by the way. At least for now. How the heck are ya?

Buffy said... 12:49 PM, August 21, 2007  

I'm always amazed at parents who can keep a level head when they could just squeal or burst out laughing.

doow said... 1:06 PM, August 23, 2007  

Haha, I don't know how you kept a straight face.
I'm afraid I needed the "root" translation too. I thought perhaps "root" was just some hip and happening word that I was too old to understand.

Lesley said... 12:55 PM, August 25, 2007  

Ah, isn't it lovely when they start figuring out these things? My youngest brother was really bad for repeating swear words, most notable was "F#@kin Cat". He was two and half at the time.

But, hey...you're ahead of the game because he's aware that it's "root".

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