Wednesday, September 05, 2007


MiniWarrior is consumed with his bug and rubber snake collection.

He spends many hours chanting questions at me. Yes. Chanting.

He starts at the top of his mental list and runs down it, grilling me with single minded ruthlessness that would make a KGB agent quail.

How big is a preying mantis?

This big?

Or this big?

How big do grasshoppers get?

What do grasshoppers eat?

Do you like grasshoppers?

What color of grasshoppers do you like?

Brown or green?

How come you like the green ones?


Once the bug list/grilling is through he slides open the snake list.

Sifting through his basket of rubber snakes he holds up his favorite brown one.

Is this a rattlesnake?

Mm hmm. Could be.

Or is it a grass snake?

Mmm hmm. Could be.

Is it a Cobra?

Mmm hmm. Could be.

How about an Anaconda?

Mmm hmm. Could be.

Is it a Trouser snake?

Mm hmm. Could be.



MiniWarrior held his finger on his mental list and waited patiently for me to answer.


I thumbed through the mental Mom handbook. crap crap crap! There's no chapter for Trouser snakes! Uh...think think...he's too young to tell him what that crap...if I don't tell him he's gonna ask his teacher...crap!

Mom? Is it a Trouter snake?

Trouter snake?

Yeah. Trouter snake.


Mmm Hmm. Could be...

Is it a Boa Snake?

Mm Hmm. Could be.

Is it a Gardner Snake?

Mm Hmm. Could be.



Laoch of Chicago said...

Curiosity is a fine quality which will serve him well. Perhaps some day he might become a reporter.

R U Serious?? said...

MiniWarrior cracks me up!!!!

La Chanson de Phoenix said...

*giggles* Trouser snake. hehehehe!

Haphazardkat said...

Laoch: oh lord...

Bob-a-roo: me too!! lol

Lachanson: *snort* I know! What's a Mom to say to that!!

Cindy said...

*Snicker, Snicker*
I love the things kids say!
Looking after 3 boys right now most oft said phase by me is: "Pardon me? Say that again please."....LOL!
I hope you have a great weekend.

Aafrica said...

has he asked for a pet snake or pet spider yet? i think you should mentally prepare yourself.