Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Be Afraid!

Be very afraid!

Yesterday our 6 year old wanted to know what words have no rhyming word to them. Hubby and I looked at each other across the table, half relieved that it hadn't been "where do babies come from?" or "why is the sky blue?".

The other half of us kicked into action. Not that mummy wants to show up daddy or that daddy wants to prove that he's smarter than mummy (but he is still a little ticked off that I scored higher on the IQ test 10 years ago than he did. 3 children and 7 sleep deprived years later, I know darn well who'd score higher if we repeated that test today!) But we do a have a bit of a competitive relationship, always have.

On this one we came out equal. He thought purple and I thought orange- and whacko, what do you know? We are both right. If anyone is interested, the other 2 common words which don't rhyme with anything are silver and month. (What is it with colours?) There are more less common words (for anyone still interested , such as angst, scalp, width, breadth, depth, eighth, ninth and twelth)

Bless Mr Google! How did we ever cope at school without computers? (OK I'm old!)

Our 6 year old is very inquisitive and it's not like hubby or I are dumb but I find myself questioning my memory when he asks me a question. I've already fallen back on "let's check- daddy should know" or "we'll have to look that up" Partly I question my knowledge these days (isn't that ironic? We lose some level of intelligence during pregnancy then the kid that caused it hangs around to rub it in) and partly because I question the accuracy of my memory.

I figure, another 6 months of computer studies and my 6 year old will be helping me out.

I'd better go and brush up on my calculus, how exactly the earth does move and where the heck
Akrotiri is. If he asks me how to sew a French seam, I'll be fine but somehow I don't think I'd be that lucky.


Punky's Mamma said...


I beg to differ;

"Oranges Smoranges; who says there aint no rhyme for oranges?!" Witchiepoo from HR Puffnstuff.


Tas said...

Well, I for one am not going to argue with anything from HR Puffnstuff. (That's another gem of info from my youth that I must have forgotten during pregnancy)