Saturday, April 29, 2006


She said it when we visited the gardens. She ran off before us and came back every few minutes to update us on what waited ahead, informally dubbing herself the tour guide. When she first said it, I couldn't imagine what she was talking about. She ran ahead eagerly and waited by a tree with delicate white blooms. "See mom. It's a cra-ba-ple tree." Knowing that she gets very offended when I laugh at anything concerning her, I tried to hold the laughter in, but it came streaming down my cheeks in tear form and then sputtered out my lips. It was the most adorable thing I had ever heard. I told her it was pronounced crab-apple, but that I liked her version of the word much better. She tilted her head and looked at me for a moment before saying "Oh, I get it. crab apple! Why would someone name a tree crab apple?" We both laughed and decided that cra-ba-ple was a much better name for a tree. Sometimes I say it randomly just for laughs.


aola said...

yea, some of the stuff they say is just so stinking cute you don't ever want to "correct" it.
Charlie called finger - finner and toe nails - tony nails until he was almost a teenager because I loved to hear him say it.
Sethy still says na-kin for napkin and Em has so many cute ones I better not get started on her.

Sandra said...

It is so cute! Just when you think they probably won't say another one something like this happens. I think I cherished it because she is growing up so fast and this little word reminded me that as old as she may seem sometimes and as old as she tries to make herself, she is still a kid.