Monday, January 10, 2005

Daddy says...

Last weekend my father, my daughter and I went on a trip to the big city to take advantage of some of the boxing week sales. Oddly enough I found the selection at Extra Foods and the SAAN store here in town a little limited. Anyway, we are driving through a city called St.Albert when my daughter piped up from the back seat.

Emma: I don't like driving through St. Albert.
Me: Hmmm? Why not?

Emma: Daddy says all the people here drive like retards.

Grampa (nearly choking on a sip of coffee): Ahem... Cough... What sweetie?
Emma (matter of fact): Well it's like this Papa, see all these people driving down the road? They're retards!

Me (shocked): Emma! That is NOT a nice thing to say.
Emma (indignant): Well Daddy says that they are!

Me (mortified): The things that come out of her mouth... Emma, I am sure Daddy didn't mean what he said. He probably just got angry when he was driving because someone cut him off or something.
Grampa (soothing): Emma sometimes people can lose their patience when they drive and get angry and maybe say things that they don't mean.

Emma: Like swears?
Grampa: Sure, or just not nice things to say about other people and they do have a lot photo radar in this area.
Emma: Okay.

Emma: Papa what is photo radar?
Grampa: Well it's when this guy hides in his van and then takes mean pictures of Papa's van as he is driving by and then he sends him a bill in the mail for $118.00.

Emma: Yeah Daddy says those guys are sneaky bastards.


Blogger AnonymousCoworker said...

They're like little tape recorders, I can't wait to get one.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done LexaGirl, this is your best piece yet. When a sense of character is predominately conveyed via dialog, an economy of readership is achieved. The reader can then enjoy a density of a time and place, made real by those characters who genuinely inhabit their surroundings.

In my humble opinion, the best writers discover their true voice, not through prosaic descriptive exposition, but upon the tongues of characters who populate a setting made real by their thoughts and conversations.

I sometimes wonder though what Emma might be thinking even as she tests the world’s reaction to her use of the adult language she mimics? Although they say, ‘still waters run deep,’ a lively stream of consciousness must disturb the silt on the bed of that young creek.

Keep the good work - OYLer

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RYN: Oh yeah, baby... bowling...

it's the CULOTTES that do it for me!


Dr. Dave (

2:46 PM  
Blogger Lexagirl said...

OYLer thanks for your kind words. FYI: unusual metaphors are always welcomed on my site - so keep em' coming.

11:26 AM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

when she's right, she's right and emma be right ;-)

9:40 PM  
Blogger honestyrain said...

children repeat things. it's not their most loveable attribute. the little beggars.

12:36 PM  
Blogger yooj said...

That anonymous guy seems like a pompous, self-aggrandizing, blow-hard who likes to use big words because he thinks they make him sound smart and expert-ie. (yes, expert-ie!)

Anyway, half-way through his "critique" he made my butt twitch and I got sleepy.

I hope by all that is holy, he doesn't have a blog!

11:30 AM  

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