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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Is that an egg?

Last night I was slicing a cantaloupe for our dinner. My daughter seemed confused and was looking at the cantaloupe, and then at me, and then back to the cantaloupe. I knew something was on her mind. Finally, she asked, "Hey mom? Is that thing just a big egg?"


I was a little surprised. We eat a ton of cantaloupe. It's not like she hasn't seen it before. I don't recall having a specific conversation about the fact that it's fruit, but I'm pretty sure she knew. I took a deep breath and asked the obvious, "What makes you think this is an egg?" She then proceeded to offer a long explanation about how they saw these animals on their field trip last week and they were called cantaloupes and, well, we eat chicken eggs so why not cantaloupe eggs....?





We had a brief conversation highlighting the points of differentiation between antelope and cantaloupe. Abby was relieved. I, on the other hand, was left to wonder what other mispronunciations were clouding her better judgement....

7 comments:

Debbie said...

I love when my kids make mistakes like that! How cute.

Undercover-Princess said...

Wow. That is pretty funny! I think I may tell Prince Monkey Butt that a cantaloupe is an antelope egg and see what he says...

Minxy Mimi said...

HAHAHAHA
I love it!!!
My son say Kershamuls for Commercials! Its so cute when they mess up!

Kathy B! said...

Oh Undercover-Princess - don't do that... He'll be forever confused about mammals vs. birds and fruits vs. eggs. I have to admit that when she asked that questions I paused for half a beat before answering. Part of me wanted to say, "Why yes it is!"

Gibby said...

Man, I love when kids say stuff like that. Too cute!

P.S. Excellent graphic, BTW. And you think you're not good at that stuff!

outside voice said...

Adorable! Such a cool rhyme, too...

faemom said...

That was awesome! Evan believes many things come from eggs, like dogs, deer, and tigers. *shrug* But how far do you take biology with a three-year-old?