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.