One of my favorite things about Genghis getting older is the conversations that we can have. One of my favorite times of the day is lunch time, because we just sit at the table for 15 minutes talking about whatever. I like that Genghis has no concept of small talk (e.g. "How are you today, Genghis?" ... blank stare) so we can really go to the heart of issues.
Here are two memorable Genghis conversations.
[while sitting at the dinner table]
Erin: "I want to talk about something at dinner tonight."
Abe: "Mom has an announcement! Before she gives her announcement, let's see if anyone else has an announcement."
"But first I need to use the bathroom."
[a minute later, Abe returns]
Abe: "Okay. Xena, do you have announcement for the family?"
Xena: [flaps hands and smiles]
Abe: "Thank you. Genghis, do you have an announcement?"
Genghis: [thoughtful pause] "Daddy goes to the bathroom!"
[while driving with the babysitter]
Genghis: "I see a bulldozer!"
Kelly: "You see a bulldozer, that's great."
Genghis: "I see a dump truck!"
Kelly: "Wow, a dump truck."
Genghis: "I see a escalevator."
Kelly: "Oh, that's nice."
Genghis: "You don't know what that means."
[escalevator = excavator]