She opened her mouth wide to show me.
“See, I chew on this side & eat on this side,” explaining how she did it after I expressed my bewilderment at the gross-sounding prospect of chewing Spearmint gum & eating watermelon at the same time.
But I digress. It’s so funny how little kids get words wrong. Actually we all do at one time or another. My niece & her baby brother were over while the rest of their family attended a U of M football game. The 8-year-old kept repeating a game she wanted to play but we had absolutely no idea what she meant. For the life of us my Mom & I couldn’t figure it out.
The energetic second grader & I had already competed in the card game “Rich, Rich, Poor, Poor” as well as the board game “Sorry.” Without me letting her, she won both. Boy, we were (my Mom & I as we desperately tried to understand the strange term she spoke) up a rapidly rising creek!
. . . Finally, FINALLY, after multiple minutes of us guessing in confusion, my Mom got it! Of course, in hindsight, the twisted term made perfect sense. To the youngster’s credit, it was just like the actual name of the game in the
amount of syllables being 4;
beginning letter also “P”;
ending with the long “e” sound.
All she wanted to do was play “Paranajee.”
By Aunt Amy
My Mom & the second grader in a tight embrace several years prior to the girl becoming a Pictionary champ