Fruit Daddy


The other night Dante said, “can I have a fruit daddy”? We were really confused and had no idea what a fruit daddy was so we asked him if he wanted fruit salad. He said no I want a fruit…you (pointing to my husband to indicate daddy). It was so hilarious the way he said it that I spit the wine out that was in my mouth and it shot into my eye out of my cup.

I still didn’t know exactly what he was talking about, but I cut up a bunch of fruit and arranged it on a skewer to kinda make the shape of a body, as best I could. He seemed satisfied with my creation. I used a grape for the head, a piece of pear to represent the arms, an apple slice for the body and a chunk of mango for the feet.

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What do you do at work?

The other day Dante and me were sitting in the living room playing and he asked me, “What do you do at work”? I can’t explain what I do to adults yet alone my 3 ½ year old, so I said, “I work on the computer and have to call people sometimes”. Then Dante asked me, “Do you take off your clothes?” I very confusedly said, “no, why would you think that” and he said, “daddy told me you do”.

Cue to me asking Joe what in the world he told Dante. Apparently Dante also asked Joe what he did at work and when Joe told him he also worked on the computer Dante then asked him, “when do you use the hose?” and Joe said, “when people are being difficult”. Dante followed with asking him, “when do you take your clothes off” and Joe told him, “I don’t but sometimes mommy does”. Clearly we have to be very careful what we say to him because he remembers and regurgitates it.

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I hate you

I was preparing dinner the other night and I let Dante watch a couple of minutes of the movie Aladdin while I was busy. After a couple of minutes he walks into the kitchen and says, “I hate you”. I was shocked and thought maybe I misheard him so I asked him to repeat it and he said it again. I know he had no idea what he was saying because he had a smile on his face and happily said it, but I was very hurt by it and gave him a very stern talk.

I told him that we don’t say that because it isn’t nice and it hurts our feelings and he was very sad after our conversation. I felt bad that he was sad, but I also wanted to impress on him that we don’t say hurtful worlds. I assumed it was from the movie because that’s not something we ever say, but I’m not sure. To be safe it has been deleted from our DVR. I know this is the first of many discussions about what we do and don’t say. The next day he showed me that he was listening and took our conversation to heart because Joe was cutting the grass and said he hated cutting around the one area and Dante scolded him and told him, “we don’t say that word Daddy”.

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Happy Birthday Fake out

On my 30th birthday I was at home with the kids, like any normal day. We were sitting at the table eating lunch and Dante said, ” I’m going to sing happy birthday”. Excitedly, I said, “Aww you’re going to sing to me?”…… No, Uncle Jerry.

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