Friday, September 7, 2012


Ethan:  Mom, I'm a BADGER!
Me: Cool! What does a badger say?
Ethan: He says, "I'm going to catch you, bad guys!"
Me: Hmmm...I didn't know that badgers catch bad guys.
Ethan: Yes, they do!
Me: That's neat.  So, they're like dogs that help the policemen?
Ethan: No. They're not dogs! They're people!
Me: Badgers are people?
Ethan: Uh huh!
Me: I'm pretty sure badgers are animals.
Ethan:  Mom, what's that thing I got at Lake Powell that you put on your shirt?
Me:  Oh! A junior ranger badge.  (*I finally figure out what he's actually talking about*)
Ethan: Yeah.  I wear a badge; I'm a badger....but I'm sneaky.
Me: The sneaky guys who catch bad guys are called spies.  You're a spy, not a badger.
Ethan: Yes!  A SPY.  I pew (his word for shoot; as in a gun goes, "pew! pew!") the bad guys!

And away he went, happily "pewing" imaginary bad guys.  (By the way, I'm not sure where the pewing comes from.  He hasn't had much, if any exposure to guns.  I've been told "it's a boy thing")


Ethan asked me several times after this conversation, "Mom, what's that sneaky things that's not a badger?"
Me:  A spy.
Ethan: Right.  I'm a spy, not a badger!

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