Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 2, 2014

Imogen has requested that I no longer share the things she says on this blog.  She likes reading what she said when she was little but says she would be embarrassed if I continue to post what she says.

So this blog is now an archive of the witty turns of phrase of my remarkable daughter.  Enjoy.

Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

MamaJen:  Imogen, tell us about your field trip!

Imogen:  Well, in the morning we went to City Slickers and then...

Me, interrupting: Wait, what is City Slickers?  I saw that on your field trip form but I don't know what it is.

Imogen:  Oh, it was about how stuff was in the olden days, a really long time ago.

Me: The olden days?  Olden days here in Alberta or somewhere else?

Imogen:  I don't really know, but it was a long time ago, like the 1980s.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

I've been reading Imogen Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr at bedtime this week.

Imogen:  What is an atom bomb, Mom?  Does it hit the ground and burst?

Me:  Yes, it does.  And then it does a lot of really bad things.  It kills everything around it.  It keeps killing things for many years after it has been dropped.  A man named Albert Einstein learned how to split atoms and the American Military used it to make the atom bomb and dropped it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  They made a really bad choice.  All bombs are bad but atom bombs are really bad.

Imogen:  Why did Albert Einstein learn how to do things that made bombs?

Me:  He was learning about atoms, very small things that make up everything around us.  He didn't know that people would use the things he learned for bad things.

Imogen:  Can I see an atom bomb?

Me: We can look at a video online.

Video viewed.  Off to bed to read.  After reading:

Imogen:  Mom, I think Albert Einstein would be sad that his learning made people like Sadako die.

Me:  I think you're right.

Imogen:  Was it a war?

Me: Yes, the bombs were dropped in a war.

Imogen:  There are wars right now.  Do you think Israel and Syria will use the atom bomb?

Me:  I don't know if they have the atom bomb, but I hope they don't use it if they do.

Imogen:  I read in the newspaper that the United States and Canada are giving military supplies to Israel.  Will Canada or the United States give them the atom bomb?

Me:  I don't think so.  I really hope not.

Imogen:  People should not die because governments make bad choices.  I want governments to stop making bad choices because actually they are stupid choices.

Me: I agree.

Imogen:  The governments should ask "do I want someone to do this to me?"  I think their answer would be no so they should stop.

Me: I agree.

Imogen:  Mom, do you think Albert Einstein had autism and did his learning because he really, really liked learning about atoms and science and he didn't think about what bad people would do with his learning?  Mom, I think sometimes I do learning and I don't know what bad people might do with the things I learn.

Me:  Those are big questions, Imogen.  It's possible.  What learning that you're doing are you worried about?

Imogen:  Well, I have to do lots of worksheets and I really like them and I do lots of extra ones so I get to keep them but what if a kid in my class makes a bad choice and takes my worksheet and gives another kid a paper cut with it?  I would be so sad if that happened because it would be my fault for learning and getting the kid hurt.

Me:  Did someone get a paper cut at school, Imogen?  Do you know that it would not be your fault if they did and it was not Albert Einstein's fault that people used his learning in bad ways?

Imogen:  I just think someone could get a paper cut.  And that would be partly my fault for having the paper.

Me:  We can't be responsible for what other people do, hon.

Imogen:  But mom, we are!  Everything is connected!

I think Imogen may be more intelligent than most people I know.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

Imogen and I were driving to an appointment this morning...

Imogen:  So Mommy, how did you and MamaJen like Laurie Blakeman's book party last night?

Me: It wasn't Laurie Blakeman's book party, honey, it was Laurie MacFayden's book party.  It was a book launch.

Imogen:  Laurie MacFayden wrote a book?!

Me:  Actually, this was a party for the second book Laurie, wrote; Laurie has written two books.

Imogen:  Laurie MacFayden writes books AND paints beautiful pictures?!

Me:  Yes.  And other things too.  She does a whole bunch of jobs at the newspaper.

Imogen:  Wow!

Imogen:  Why didn't you name ME Laurie???

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014

Imogen: I think Laurie Blakeman made this snow happen as a special gift for me.

Me: If Laurie had that kind of power and sent this snow, I think her message would actually be that she hates us all.

Imogen: You need to be more positive, Mom.

Friday, August 1, 2014

August 1, 2014

Imogen:  I've decided I don't want to go to the Olympics when I'm a teenager.

Me:  Oh, really?

Imogen:  Yes.  I want to wait til I'm grown up and have a job and am a pop star.

Friday, July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014

Imogen and I have been reading Ellen Tebbits by Beverey Cleary at bedtime. Ellen aspires to clap eraser brushes at recesses (as we all did!)

Imogen:  What's a blackboard?

Me:  It's what we had at school when I was a kid.  Our teachers wrote on it with chalk and had special brushes to erase the chalk.

Imogen:  Mom, did you take too many painkillers because you are talking crazy.

Officially feel OLD.