Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Social Skills, Part II

Thomas came home from soccer practice last night very excited about making friends with a boy Matteo, who is also in his class at the British School.

Thomas: Mom, when we were in Movieland, before I went into your womb, Matteo and I had the same DNA. It was like the experiment with the penny in the glass that you can't see . . . At first you can see it, then it disappears under the water and then you find it again.

Me: you mean, at first you knew you had the same dna, but then you met him again at school and didn't know, and now you've realized it again?

Thomas: Yes! At the soccer game!

Me: that's very poetic. Um, how would you say that in regular six-year-old language? (this is a big new theme of Dahlia's: that Dave and I need to do a better job of talking to T like a normal six year old.)

Thomas: oh, well in Movieland we had the same DNA . . .

Me: Most other six year olds won't know what DNA is.

Thomas: They don't? (surprised and kind of proud expression)

Me: Nope

Thomas: Ok, well in Movieland we were friends and then we saw each other again-

Me: Most other six year olds don't know about Movieland.

Thomas: oh, well, they can ask me and I'll tell them,-

Me: They may not ask. They may just think it's kind of unexpected-

Thomas: OK, ok. well (shrugs) I made friends with Matteo at a soccer game?

Me: Perfect!

(Actually T just learned about DNA yesterday from a Captain Underpants comic book- )

- Posted by Laura


Kathy b said...

Really like this post Laura. Still pondering it

Kath. said...


OK I'll try to put this in 69 year old language. But we had a good skype with Cairo and I learned a few things about the Kirkpatrick boys and their parents:

Emmett has a Mercedes Benz Scoot bike, something another little boy left behind when his family had to move. Emmett also told me he drives an ambulance with a flat tire.
Laura loves her class at Cairo American University or is it ACU ? or UAC ?
Dave is starting fires and putting out fires in Cairo so there is plenty to write about.
Thomas told me the pie at his Halloween party will be a really big one. HOw big? I wanted to know. "Four pumkins big" and there will be red water served not real blood.

Clara said...

Yeah, T, for finding such a great friend. And yeah, Captain Underpants. I love your posts, Laura. I check for them constantly!

Occhio said...

I was there on the sofa with you when you learned about DNA from a Madeleine L'Engle book. I think you were 7 or 8.

And why does Dahlia want you to talk to Thomas "like a normal 6 year old" when he's only 5? Might Grandpa Peter gain social graces if you talked to him like a normal 70 year old?





Grandma Roth said...

There are classes all over the world for grown men to learn how to express themselves more like Thomas. They learn to become more interesting and how to use metaphor.

Anonymous said...

Laura what is the name of the class you teach ?

Anonymous said...

Great post! Congratulations to all - to Thomas for his terrific myth and equally terrific translation and to Laura for being such a great Mom.
Dahlia would be proud.
Grandma Nancy

Grandma Kathy said...

Oh I like what you wrote Grandma Nancy
and i second it

Cret said...

the Dali Lama spoke in Myths

Cutler said...

Salvador Dali spoke in tantrums

weenie said...

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Auntie Dutes said...

Who could blame Thomas for having a grand imagination with relatives like these? Great posting Laura!

Occhio said...

Actchewally, just because you and Dave are supposed to talk like normal 6 year olds doesn't mean that Thomas has to. A lot will be lost to the world, and to the Vermont Academy of Science.