05 May 2008

Level Four Questions

Our conversations are a mixture of grown-up language, surreal miscommunication and non-sequiturs.

Sonny Ma-Jiminy: Gwam-Mar is putting Smoochy in the bath.

Me: Oh that's great. Grandma's a champion. Smoochy will be clean so she can hop straight in the cot when we get home.

SMJ: Smoochy's crying pretty loud for Gwam-Mar.

Me: Why is that?

SMJ: She's wevvy tired. She's wevvy, wevvy tired.

Me: Oh, poor Smoochy. Well, poor Grandma, really.

SMJ: Why is Smoochy in the bath?

Me: What? To -er- get clean. That's why people usually have -um- baths. Did you forget?!?

SMJ: Why is it a bath?

Me: What?

SMJ: Why is it a bath?

Me: I'm not sure what you're asking. Are you asking why a bath is called a 'bath'?

SMJ: Yeah.

Me: Oooo-kay. I guess it's because that was the word - the name - they gave it. The bath. When they were naming -er- baths.

SMJ: Why?

Me: I'm not sure.

SMJ: Why not?

Me: I don't know the answer to that. Look, are you going to have a bath too before we go home?

SMJ: No.

Me: Hmm. Why is that?

SMJ (mentally searching the archives of "Answers to 'Why Is That?' Questions", and coming up with 'most recent answers'): Because she's wevvy wevvy tired.


Level Four Questions. Can ask them, can't answer them.


mommastantrum said...

The answer to any question that you don't know the answer to is "Because I am the Mom and I said so."

At least until they are bigger than we are or can use Google. Then the answer is "Why don't you go ask Google why it is called a bath smart ass?"


Anonymous said...

This made me giggle... Just spent a couple of hours this afternoon doing some PD that incorporated Blank's question levels! I'm sure he'll get there in the next couple of years.

Givinya De Elba said...

Glad it gave you a smile. I was wondering if any non-SLPs would get it?!? Probably not. It's obscure - wevvy, wevvy obscure.

Anonymous said...

I must admit I wondered about the question levels, but thought it was some strange Speechy concept. I got my honarary degree in OT, not in Speech! Glad to know I was on the right track.