This is just a version of “Kids say the Darnedest Things” in which I bore or amuse you with two tales of my grandson Stephen’s interesting (to me, at least) use of words.
When Nathan was this age (three) he was fascinated with all things to do with Knights on horseback who carried swords and rescued damsels in distress from fire-breathing dragons. (In fact you may remember me posting a story here about five years ago, when Nathan was playing knight on his spring horse, going to rescue Alice who was the languishing princess. To our great delight he pulled his toy cell phone from his pocket, held it to his mouth, and shouted, “Hold on Princess, I’m almost there”). Stephen doesn’t have the same intense interest in medieval customs, but Tuesday morning when we were playing he had me help him put on the cape I had bought years ago for Nathan.
He then proclaimed proudly, “Now I am a Knightmare!”
You may remember that we have a summer cottage at Lake Chautauqua in western New York. One of the attractions there is a paddle wheel steam boat called The Chautauqua Belle. Alice told me this afternoon that Stephen was sobbing in the car late this morning because she declined to take him to Chautaco Bell for lunch. (Taco Bell is an American fast food place that sells Mexican style food.)