Sam rushed over last night after school all excited about something or other, rushed into the house yelling “Gramma Suze, Gramma Suze, ya gots to come see this thing! It’s a MONSTER!”
As I was busily washing the after dinner dishes, I told Sam to hang on for a few minutes.
While I finished up, Sam was dancing madly in the room behind me in over-excitement, rambling and exclaiming over the “monster” and exhorting me to “Hurry UP!”
We finally (after about five minutes) were ready to go beard the monster in the rose bush.
Sam ran ahead of me and yelled “teacher said when we find Monsters to infect them!”
And I thought “what? Infect?”
Sam was dancing in place, pointing at the bush and said “See? there it is! It’s UGLY and has spikes! It’s a monster, idn’t it?”
I finally saw what Sam was pointing towards and said “Sam, honey. That is a caterpillar”.
Sam just looked flabbergasted for a moment before saying, “But Gramma Suze! Capatillers don’ts gots spikes!”. I mumbled “don’t have…not don’ts gots”
Sam, of course, ignored the correction.
I asked Sam how exactly he planned on “infecting” the Capa…errrr…caterpillar………and he said “I am already, Gramma Suze. Teacher said when we infect something new we gots to look real close and don’t touch”.
Now, for a college graduate and a member of MENSA I do know a LOT of words…complex words and phrases are a joy to me…but it took me a good five minutes to realize my darling six year old neighbor meant “INSPECT”.