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Sometimes it is hard to tell just who is teaching whom. I was doing eyes, ears, nose & mouth with four year-old David today as we were waiting for lunch. He touched his mouth, eyes and ears okay, but when I said nose he just looked at me and started to lean close. I backed up and repeated, “Nose.”

He frowned a bit and moved his face toward mine again. I backed away. “Nose, David,” I said. Then I wiggled my nose. (Yep, I can wiggle my nose. Not like Samantha on Bewitched though. Mine wiggles up and down like a bunny.)

David looked at my nose and his eyes opened wide. A huge grin split his face and he laughed out loud. I said, “Nose, David. Nose.”

He stepped forward and reached out very slowly and put his hands on either side of my face. I sat still and waited to see what else he would do. He stared at my nose and scrunched up his face, trying to make his nose wiggle. I wiggled my nose, then I said, “Nose, David.”

He leaned forward, touched his nose to mine, and and gently moved his head back-and-forth. A huge smile lit his face. “Noos!” he said.

Can I keep him?

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Well, since you and OC have decided you’re not even having pets in your house right now, I think keeping David might not be a good idea. Plus there’s the fact his parents probably want to keep him…

  2. Nessa — sometimes.

    Morgan — kids are the ultimate adventure.

    Pauline — I am enjoying them. Not so much the bureaucrats and the paperwork ……

    Brig — who made that rule?

    Polona — the kids like me, but are they learning? (I am!)

    Mumma — probably.

    Brooke — OC wholly agrees with you. Me, not so much.

    Mike — well, I prefer them grown up enough to be house broken.

  3. One of the best moments I get with my little boy (who is now nearly three and going off the idea) is when he grabs my face and says ‘bit of nose’ and rubs noses.

    Am getting all soft and sentimental now, must go before I begin to weep and make my keyboard soggy…

    Thanks for sharing, that story has made my day, of course i should be writing a sermon…

  4. Melli, he said something along the audio lines of “knows.”

    Alastair — sentimentality is welcome here as long as all the tears fall on your own keyboard.

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