In the Eye of the Be-told-her

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Two years ago, my daughter was figuring out opposites for her homework in kindergarten (as if that is a thing that needs to exist). Up/down. Old/new. Biggie/smalls. That sort of stuff. Then she gets to the word “pretty.” After I scanned the page for “ugly”- which wasn’t on there- I realize the correct answer is “plain.” I didn’t know which word my daughter was searching for on the page, nor did I think she knew what plain meant. So I asked her, “What is the opposite of pretty?” She looked up at me, raised one arm in the air, and said enthusiastically, “Smart!!!”

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Imagination is Relative

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“My grandpa loves Star Wars.”

For the last few weeks, our four-year-old son B has been talking incessantly about his grandpa. B tells us about his grandpa’s pets (a three-legged dog, a cat, and a blue bird). When we drive past it, B points out his grandpa’s house, a beautiful, white Victorian two-story number. We have heard about all the jobs grandpa has had, most of which are as a successful business owner.
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