"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Old School Wook

This kills us. Cracks us up and makes us cry. We quote from it daily still.
Wook was 22 months old and often talked about "something in our house" which he named "Tow"...or it coulda been "Toe"... who knows. Anyway, he wanted to send a help message to Daddy at work (transcripts below for those w/o the ear for a 2 year old):

"Hey daddy, we need help, we're gonna help you to because um, we need help.
'Cause you know what's going on? There's something in here. To because, you know what's going on. (Yes.)
'Cause, we need help. (We do.) Mmm, hmm.
(K, look at the camera.)
'Cause, um, Daddy? You at work? What are you doing something there? You just working? Doing some paper 'tuff? .....doing something??
(Okay, say bye.)
Bye Daddy, I love you! MmmmMaaaa!"

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