How a beginning reader and a weirdo adult communicate.

On the way home from dinner tonight, we passed the Fox TV station.

Declan: F-O-X. That spells fox! That must be a toy store. They sell toy foxes there.

Bryan: Very good reading! But that actually is a TV station. The Fox News station.

Declan: No, it’s not. They sell toy foxes there.

Bryan: You think so, huh? Wouldn’t it be funny if they sold pickles there? I bet foxes like pickles.

Declan: No, they don’t.

Bryan: Well, what about bears? Do you think they like pickles?

Declan: Noooo, Daddy (exasperated). Bears like watermelons. (Pause). And bones.

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