Archive for the ‘mischief’ category

The other day, my now 8-year-old daughter was perusing the German TV magazine we’d gotten in Germany, since we receive a number of German channels. She’d already asked for explanations of several film categories that she didn’t know, but when she came across “Das Geschäft mit dem Blut” (The business with the blood), she asked: […]

A dress doth not a princess make

February 24th, 2015

During school holidays, our 4½-year-old daughter attends the centre de loisir in her school building. On the last day of the week, there is usually a party, and kids can come in costumes. Last Friday when I picked up my little witch, I met her BFF S. about whom I’d already heard a lot. She […]

Daddy’s not a grown-up!

February 16th, 2015

A few weeks ago, I said something about Daddy being an adult. Which prompted this exclamation from our 4½-year-old daughter: “C’est pas un adulte, papa!” (Daddy isn’t a grown-up!) We looked at each other. He shrugged. I grinned. And she added the punch line: “C’est un parent.” (He’s a parent.)

The dragon test

December 26th, 2014

The other day, my daughter (currently 4½) and I were playing with her various plush animals. She handed me her dragon hand puppet, informing me that it was not a real dragon. Me: “It’s not?” Her: “No, look.” She dropped it. “See? It can’t fly.”

Not good for your teeth

November 12th, 2013

The other day I was preparing my daughter for our upcoming dentist appointment. She had accompanied me to every single check-up since she was born, and half a year ago, she’d had her first very own check-up. As a reward, the dentist had let her choose a little plastic ring. So I reminded her of […]

Pirate muesli

October 26th, 2013

We’ve run clear out of pirate muesli. Alright, I admit we ran out of pirate muesli several months ago and have since been refilling the box with a very nice chocolate muesli from Germany. But now we’re still two months away from Christmas, the box is empty, and our daughter refuses to eat any other […]

Ahoy me hearty

October 25th, 2013

This morning my daughter was playing with her parrot feathers (a gift from a friend). I told her: “Next time we’re at Grandma’s, I’ll show you a photo of me with a parrot on my shoulder.” She: “Mommy, were you a pirate?”

Where did she hear that?

October 17th, 2013

Every parent, it seems, has a story of how their kid used a word or expression (usually a swearword) they weren’t supposed to know, which then begs the question: “Where did s/he hear that?” When the word or expression in question happens to be in the minority language (ml), the field of possible candidates is […]

Eagle or…

October 3rd, 2013

Funny that this story coincides with German National Unity Day (today, October 3rd). My daughter and I found a Euro coin on the sidewalk. Usually it’s her who finds money, and it goes into her piggy bank (which is really a cow-y bank, but you might have guessed that). Anyway, she looked at the back […]

Hast du ein Glück!

September 23rd, 2013

Letzte Woche haben wir sehr gelacht: Ich kam von der Arbeit, als unsere Tochter schon beim Nachtisch war. Sie begrüßte mich an der Tür mit einer Eiswaffel in der Hand. Ich: “Ein Eis? Hast du ein Glück!” Sie: “Ja, ma-ya Glück, dass Papa nicht alles Eis aufgegessen!”   Anmerkung: ma-ya ist immer noch ihr Begriff […]

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