Wednesday Muse – Books Opening Books

A Conversation with My 3 Year Old Son

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How My Request For A Haiku Turned Into His Request For A Computer

Photo by Ryan McGuire - http://www.gratisography.com

Photo by Ryan McGuire – http://www.gratisography.com

Me to 3 year old: I have to write about this picture. What would you write if you wrote a poem about this picture?

3 yr old: Um, I don’t know. I want to write my own thing on a computer.

Me: If you say it, I’ll write it down.

3 yr old: Hm. I would write a book opening a book and a book opening a book and a book opening a book. I would write books opening books.

Me: Ok, I got that. But what would you write about the picture?

3 yr old: Books opening books. I would write about the picture books opening books.

Me: Ok. But what about THIS picture?

3 yr old: Books opening books. That picture, books opening books. See? I really am hungry. I would like a sandwich with cheese and mayonnaise and milk. That’s a kid’s meal at Subway. Soon we have to go to Subway. Subway. Subway. Subway. Are we driving in to Grandma’s house?

Me: Yes, but what would you say about this picture with the bird in it?

3 yr old: Um. Books opening books. I would say about that picture books opening books. And stop saying what will you say with this picture and what will you write with this picture and what will you name with this picture and stuff like that. Don’t say any more stuff like that.

Me: Okay. Got it.

3 yr old: (singing) I think I need to write a story, a story, a story, a story about Subway. Mama, so let me write a story on some computer.

Me: You have your computer downstairs.

3 yr old: I don’t mean a play computer. I don’t mean the computer with all the letters.

Me: Alright, yes. That is a play computer.

3 yr old: I meant so I can write a story like I mean like I, I mean, to do what what you are doing. I meant a computer that will do what you are doing. A computer that will do what you are doing. A computer that will do what you are doing. (Repeats ad infinitum.)

Me: Will you stop saying that?

3 yr old: You make me sad. Listen to me. I want a computer that is doing what you are doing. (Points to screen.) Okay? Deal? Deal? Deal? Deal? Deal? Deal? Deal? (Holds out hand to shake.) Deal? Deal? Deal? (Takes my chin in his hands and turns my face so I must make eye contact.) Deal? Deal? Deal?

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Check out creative works in response to this photo by author Vanessa Barger, Melanie McFarlane and Stu Glennie. If you’re interested in joining the Wednesday Muse Blog ring, contact Vanessa.

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