Monday, March 31, 2008

applesauce, octopus and Judy's car...

One of the joys of Ethanese is the fact that so many things sound exactly alike. Right now, the words "applesauce" and "octopus", if you can believe it, are almost identical in the land of Ethan-speak. And tonight, there was some debate about whether he was singing about applesauce, octopus OR Abby's shoes. Abby being our cat, who, in Ethan's mind, may or may not have shoes.

Anyhoo, one thing that is very clear is his mad obsession with cars. Click 'n Clack have nothing on this kid. Kind of. I imagine Click 'n Clack could have started out their illustrious Car Talk careers with a crazy adoration of all things Audi, VW and Nissan. Of course, Ethan doesn't actually know they are Audis, VWs and Nissans. He knows them simply as "Daddy cars", "Judy cars" and "Chloe cars".

I noticed it at first with Husband's car, parked in the drive way. Every time he gets in and out of "Mommy car", he points at the Audi circles and says, "Daddy car". I assumed it was of course, just because it was parked next to mine. But now, every time we see ANY Audi, anywhere, Ethan points and says, "Daddy car".

Then, we went to visit Grandma Judy, and parked in her driveway--a VW Jetta. Now, all VWs ( and holy hell, there are a LOT of VWs out there!) are "Judy cars". Seriously people, all day with the "Judy cars". I wonder if there are as many VWs out in the LA area--we are apparently crawling with them here, as is evidenced by the constant stream of "Judy cars. Judy cars. Judy cars" I hear from my son every time I leave the house with him. And I check to see that he's not just saying it because it sounds fun to him. There really ARE Judy cars everywhere.

The "Chloe cars" is the one that really gets me. Chloe's mom, Ethan's "other mom", drives a Nissan. Therefore, all Nissans are "Chloe cars". But, um. I drive a Nissan!! Me! His mother. The one who gave him life. I drive a Nissan, with him in it every single day. It sits in our drive way and he walks to it every morning when we leave the house. But no, all Nissans (with the exception of my individual car) are "Chloe cars". Sigh. He loves Chloe. I guess you can't fight young love.

5 comments:

Becca said...

So cute! Charlie's into shoes right now. If he catches you barefoot (as I prefer to be when at home), he will find your shoes and bring them to you and insist you put them on. I think I need to get some slippers or something.

Emi said...

wow I am just impressed that he can identify Audis, from Nisssan's from VW's... pretty impressive little man.. in LA it will Brad's (Pitt) car - motorcycle, Cameron's (Diaz) car- Prius, Julia's (Roberts) - Limo.. why do I know what these freaking people drive.. ugh!!!!!!

Sarah said...

Awww-- that's really cute-- and very observant. Branding works on the very young, huh? Whenever we approach our car in parking lots, Harry says "Dirty! Crash!" and it's true that the car is both filthy and smashed (but it doesn't get fixed until the 28th, and we can't wash it b/c, you know, here's a HOLE in it).

gringa said...

And Mommy's car is unique. No matter that it might look exactly like Chloe's car (does it?). It is Mommy's and it is special.

Husband said...

In squirmyE's defense...When I'm out walking with him and he sees Mommy's Nissan as we walk up our unpaved, rocky driveway (seriously, it's like we're back in the third world!), he does say "Mommy Car". I guess that term is reserved for the one and only ;-)