JP is my now 4 and 1/2 year-old grandson. He and his mom and dad and their English bulldog, Tank, lived with us while their new house was being built. One of the best things about having them here was spending time talking with him. It makes me hopeful for the next generation. He is so wise and so much fun! You can find all my Me & JP stories here.
Here’s a short conversation we had recently on the way home from preschool as we drove through an area with road construction.
JP: Look, Nana, it’s a Bobcrane.
Me: (Trying not to laugh, as I know Bob Crane as the former star of Hogan’s Heroes, an old American television war comedy.) Maybe you meant a Bobcat?
JP: No, Nana. *big sigh* A Bobcat is a digger, you know, they dig up the rocks and things and then put down the dirt and make it smooth so you can walk over it. A Bobcrane is that big crane with the hook on the end that hooks things and puts them down.
Me: Well, I’m not sure that’s what they call it. I thought it was just a crane.
JP: I’m right, aren’t I, Papa?
(I really need to be ready to record these conversations on my phone before I get stuck in the middle of them!)