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[personal profile] rmc28
I realised that although I have told several people this anecdote in person, I never got around to blogging it.

In the summer, the four of us went to Sheffield for a few days to meet up with my nephew the mustardseed and his parents.  On our last evening, we were having supper at their home, and Nico was bimbling around their garden and fiddling with a couple of pieces of smooth gravel.  All of a sudden I spotted him shoving one of these little stones right up his nose, just too late to stop him.

Luckily the children's hospital with an A&E was on the bus route back to our hotel, and we were shortly to depart in that direction anyway, so we just hurried up our departure, and I took Nico in while Tony and Charles continued on without us.  Monday evening in A&E is quite civilised and we didn't have to wait long before a nurse saw us and attempted to teach me how to blow the blockage right back out again.  It took me about a dozen tries and the supervision of a more senior nurse, but eventually I succeeded.  We were on our way again less than 30 minutes after arriving and I felt quite the hero.

The next day, at lunchtime, something reminded Nico of this, and he chattered excitedly to me and Tony about his visit to the hospital. 

I said "Nicholas, do we put stones in our noses?"

"Yes!" he said, grinning and nodding.  I sighed.

"Nicholas, should we put stones in our noses?"

He shook his head very solemnly. "No."

Date: 2014-12-03 21:38 (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
Clever baby, indeed. Has learned the distinction between can and should at a very early age.

Date: 2014-12-03 21:59 (UTC)
nanila: little and wicked (mizuno: lil naughty)
From: [personal profile] nanila
A subtle, but important, distinction. I applaud his discernment.

Date: 2014-12-03 22:13 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lnr.livejournal.com
I read this out to Mike with great amusement :) One to look forward to!

Date: 2014-12-03 22:46 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lnr.livejournal.com
Indeed!

Date: 2014-12-04 06:03 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
I love this.

But it's when they've learned the difference between what to do when being watched, and what they can do when (they think) they aren't being watched, that I think the trouble starts.

At the moment my dog still thinks I am magic as he doesn't realise I can see through the cracks in doors, or guess what he is going to do... Im guessing Nico has passed that point?
Edited Date: 2014-12-04 06:04 (UTC)

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