Jacob and I had a fun day at a museum downtown and on our way home we had a fun conversation. We talked about cousins and family and being a daddy. (I just use the first letters of the names of his cousins.)
J (Jacob): Is B my cousin?
J: And C and K?
J: Are they my friends?
A minute passes
J: Can we talk about my cousins again? Who are my cousins?
Me: I list off all of his cousins: B, C, K, B, T, M, K,C,
J: Who is C?
Me: He is your cousin.
J: Where does he live?
Me: You have a few more cousins, N, & I.
He repeats their names
Me: You also have a cousin E
J: E is my cousin
Me: Yes, and L
J: L? is Carolyn my cousin (his friend Carolyn has a brother with the same name as his cousin)
Me: No, that is your friend and neighbor, you have a cousin L who lives in California
J: Oh, is that Henry’s L?
Me: No,that is a different L.
J: Oh, cousin L is a different L?
Me: And you have a cousin T
J: Are my cousins my friends?
Me: Yes, And A is your cousin
J: Oh, A is my cousin. Is S (A’s mom) my cousin?
Me: No, she is your aunt
J: Is she my friend?
J: Is Grandma my cousin?
Me: No, Grandma is your grandma
J: Is she my friend?
Me: Yes, your Grandma is your friend
J: Is my Grandpa my friend?
J: Is my great grandpa my friend?
J: He’s a good guy
I laugh. Me: Yes he is.
J: Can we talk about my cousins again?
Me: Sure, why not.
And on it goes. He lists their names, stops when one is similar to a friend of his and figures out if it is his cousin or not. Talks about where each one of them lives, etc. If only I could capture his cute little voice rattling all of it off. It is just awesome.
Next little conversation:
J: Are we going home?
J: When I get home I will be a daddy
Me: Ok, what will you do as a daddy?
J: I will get married.
Me: Then what will you do?
J: I will work and hmmm I will go to a meeting. I will go to a class and exercise. I will cook food. I will buy food. I will be a daddy
Me:I just smile and laugh
I loved talking with Jacob on our drive home today. He makes me laugh. I love seeing the world and life through his eyes. It is so simple to him. Cousins are friends and friends are friends. And Jacob wants to be a daddy. I have no words of wisdom to add to what Jacob said. All I can do is smile. Jacob is a special boy and brings so much happiness to my life.
Jacob at the museum. I also love the massive pile of coats behind him. There were lots of school groups with us on this cold day. Hope nobody lost their coat :)