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25 October 2007 @ 08:24 am
London Bridge is falling down... my fair lady.  
 Here's this week's cute kid story:

So we're all in the car, going out to dinner (On the Border.  It was meh).   And Ethan is nattering on in the backseat; if you've been around a seven year old for any period of time, they really never shut up.  It's a neverending stream of chatter.  I try to listen, I do, but I can't help but tune out and tag in Nolan, sometimes.  Last night was one of those times.  I gave Nolan the "Tag, you're it" look and sat looking out the window, lost in my own thoughts (which probably had something to do with Cormac McLaggen in a toga, sadly).  Anyway, I caught the tail end of their conversation.

Ethan.  (like a chipmunk on crack) Chatter chatter chatter, London Bridge, Chater chatter, learning in school, chatter, chatter.

Nolan.  Do you know where London Bridge is?

Ethan.  (in triumph)  London!

Nolan.  Nope, it's in Arizona.

(Everyone in the car stops and looks at him, in disbelief.  Everything that comes out of my husband's mouth is a joke, so we all thought this was, too.)

Ethan.  Nuh-uh.

Nolan.  Yes, it is.  In the sixties, the bridge couldn't handle the traffic over the river, and it started falling apart, so they shipped it to Arizona.

Ethan.  No.  That's not right.  Ask Mommy.  She's smarter than you.


Burn.  And apparently not, because when I got home, I Googled "London Bridge".  

I may not be the smartest, anymore.  Not that I'll tell anyone that.

I am:: home
I feel:: creativecreative
I hear:: The Fantasticks Soundtrack
dragonsangel68dragonsangel68 on October 25th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Ethan doesn't need to know that, not when he already thinks you're smarter than daddy ;)
Carrie Leigh: sarcasmcarrie_leigh on October 25th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
I laughed out loud at that. Probably not the smartest move I've ever made.
seegrimseegrim on October 25th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
Wow-I had no clue. Very interesting!

...which probably had something to do with Cormac McLaggen in a toga, sadly

I know the feeling... *giggles*
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on October 25th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I've been having James Marsden dreams. And not the good kind. One involved us being a Nick and Nora type crime-solving couple. *rolls eyes*
seegrimseegrim on October 25th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for laughing, but that really is too funny. :)
Jessicatudorrose1533 on October 25th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, that's so funny. And totally reminds me of my family. Mommy's the smart one in my family, too. I used to say so all the time. (No wonder my dad and I don't get along!)
Carrie Leigh: Dean scorecarrie_leigh on October 25th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
I wasn't aware that I was the smartest until the 7 year-old pointed it out. It's certainly good to know, though.
dL: phbdieloreley on October 25th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
*bursts into helpless giggles* Have I mentioned that I love your sons? One day I'd like to just sit and observe your family. I bet I'd get endless amusement, or maybe you just pick out the good bits to tell us.

like a chipmunk on crack -- I know that feeling. Sometimes I want to stop and stare and just ask Daniel "Do you even know what you're talking about, or do you just open your mouth and let it all out?".

Loved the "Ask Mommy, she's smarter than you" thing. Did it make you beam? The London Bridge in Arizona thing? Must be a Daddy thing because mine pulled that on my sister and I the other year. Made me sad. It's London Bridge, not Lake-Havasu-City Bridge. *sulks*
Carrie Leigh: ruby slipperscarrie_leigh on October 25th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think they hear themselves. Sometimes I think they just talk to hear the noise.

I had NO idea about the bridge. I did grow up singing the song, though.
sereniteys: gleesereniteys on October 25th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
lol. Hide the link and they'll never know!
Carrie Leigh: evil laughcarrie_leigh on October 25th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
I know! I never let on that I didn't know the whole time.

Jo-Anne Stormjo_anne_storm on October 25th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
The London Bridge got moved to Arizona? But... My entire world has now turned upside down.

"A chipmunk on crack" made me snort! It's good to know that my 7 year old isn't the only one who does that!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on October 25th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Sometimes we play the "Quiet Game" so my ears don't bleed. The kid just needs to take a breath sometimes. :)
sue_bridehead on October 27th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, at that age (and sometimes long after that), kids seem to chatter on endlessly! ^_^ But that's cute! Nice that he thinks you're smarter than Dad - what did Nolan say to that?

I knew about London Bridge being moved to AZ, but I've never gone to see it. Too freakin' hot out there in Lake Havasu City-!
Carrie Leigh: overeducatedcarrie_leigh on October 28th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Nolan looked skeptical. I just laughed. And teased him about it. A lot.