Out of the mouths of Jack & Casey

“The passengers are waiting here because they’re waiting for the hookers,” Jack said yesterday as we were standing on the street corner in front of our house. I said, “Okay, Jack” and then returned to keeping an eye out for cars as my children played near the street. A few minutes later, I realized what had just come out of his mouth.

“Jack, what did you say the passengers are waiting for?” I asked.
“The hookers, Mommy.” And thankfully he pointed to the back of his train (also known as a Cozy Coupe or plain old “car” on other days). That may not clear it up for you but I finally understood what he was talking about.
In Jack’s world, he was driving the train engine and in order to take on passengers, he needed to add some passenger cars. In order to add passenger cars, he needed some “hookers,” otherwise known as couplings. Just pure coincidence that we were standing on a street corner at the time of this discussion.
Casey is actually speaking full sentences now although they are pretty hard to understand. She says, “I want to color,” or “I’m hungry,” or whatever else Jack is also saying. Somehow she manages to say whole sentences using only a couple of syllables.
I bought an abridged version of Cinderella for Casey at the bookstore a few weeks ago. It’s one of her new favorite books although I think Jack likes it even more. We read it in Casey’s room and then we take it into Jack’s room and read it there again. When we read it to Casey, she points to Cinderella on every page and says, “Mommy!” And that kind of makes my night.
That was going to be the end of my entry, but Jack just came out of his bedroom with his Legos and said, “I need you to take these away now so I can go to sleep.” He gave them to me, climbed into his bed and shut his eyes. Night night.

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