Friday, April 13, 2012
Loony Like a Llama's Mama
Although this is good and what every parent should be doing, our efforts do come back to haunt us down the road! My son (6) and my daughter (almost 5) are at that stage when they can’t get enough of rhyming words. I know this fascination is wonderful as they continue to learn how to read, but it is enough to drive the sanest person loony!
Currently, I am known as ‘Llama Mama’ by my dear children. It has nothing to do with the fact that llamas and I both have curly hair. Nor thankfully, is it because they feel I have hideous teeth or bad hygiene like a llama. It is simply because ‘mama’ rhymes with ‘llama’--oh, lucky me!
Yet, the rhyming doesn’t stop there. A normal day these days goes something like this:
My kids: “Llama Mama, we're hungry!”
Me: “Okay, what would you like?”
My son: “I want an egg, leg, beg, peg.”
My daughter: “No, I don’t want an egg, teg, weg, leg! I want a pear, care, stair.”
Me: “Well, how about an egg, toast, AND a pear?”
My daughter: “Why, tie, eye?!”
Me: “Because that would make a balanced meal.”
My son: “Okie, dokie, pokie!”
It’s as though I’m stuck in a Dr. Seuss universe, having to find the meaning through a thousand rhymes. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Dr. Seuss and have since I was a little girl. However, living it and reading it are two entirely different things! I know someday I will look back and laugh about this crazy phase my children are going through. Nonetheless, right now this llama mama is a bit loony toony and can’t wait for them to lay off the rhyming just a little!