Monday, August 28, 2006

This past weekend, Judah was extremely wiggly when I was trying to get him to sit still long enough for me to put his shoes and socks on. Here was our conversation:

Me: Judah, my goodness, you've got ants in your pants today.
Judah: Get them out! It hurts!
Me: Oh! No, son, "ants in your pants" is not literal. It is another way to say that your body is very wiggly and you aren't being still.
Judah: Take the ants out!
Me: Hmmm...maybe we should pull down your pants to see if they are still there. Maybe they have left now.
Judah: OK!
Me (pulling pants down): Well, it looks like they have gone back to their anthill because they aren't in your pants anymore.

So, I picked Judah up from school today at 3:00 o'clock and as soon as he was buckled he informed me that "Mrs. Marks told me lots of things today." I asked him what she told him. He replied, "She told me there are NOT ants in my pants."

I need to remember that three year old boys don't understand idioms.