Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Little Elvis has entered into a very questionable phase -- and it's not "whys." No, he's got much more focused, specific questions.

They mainly concern cars and electronics.

If he sees you, he will ask you what brand of TV you have. He doesn't say, "Hi." or "How are you?" No, he just dives right in, "What brand is your TV?"

Not many people get asked that question immediately upon introduction, but I've been surprised at the people who actually know the answer. I wouldn't have known the answer before this phase began.

If we go into someone else's house (or a place of business) we have to inspect all electronics for their brands. All big appliances. All small appliances.

I can now tell you the brands of just about every appliance or electronic in our house. He can tell you the brands of the ones in our house, my parents' house, my grandparents' houses, etc. He remembers. And pretty much anything that plugs in counts.

He wants to know the brands of TVs, DVD players, clocks, alarm clocks, radios, coffee pots, refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, can openers, etc.

But don't think that we get off with just questions about specific brand names. We don't. Once we've determined the brands, then he wants to know how old that brand is. Is it really old? Not too old? Kind of young? What's the oldest brand? What's the youngest brand? What else do they make? What was the brand of TV we had when I was a little girl?

I rarely know any of these answers. I give him guesses. He accepts my estimates, sometimes. Other times, he just rephrases his questions. It's like he's trying to trick me into giving him the right answer, which I'm hiding for some odd reason.

And one answer, just leads to way more questions. I told Bob one day that I was not "Moogle," or Mommy Google. And I refuse to turn on the internet during the day. That child spaces out when presented with any type of screen. If the answer's not in our set of encyclopedias from 1992, then we just guess. We guess a lot.

We've spent lots of time at Lowe's this month, thanks to our shed. Little Elvis LOVES Lowe's. It's got lots of appliances, and they are all shiny. And there are all sorts of brands that are new to him.

This weekend, we were walking around the appliances while Bob shopped for something. A very nice woman was working in appliances. She heard us talking about a Bosch appliance. It was new to him, and I knew nothing. But she seemed nice, and not too busy. I asked if she would mind answering some questions for him, because he loved appliances. She said she would try.

He managed to ask her about Bosch. It's pretty old. It's a German brand, but it's built in North Carolina. Then the questions stopped. She was willing to answer more. He didn't know what to do. He wanted to ask a good one. He wandered up and down the aisles, trying to come up with a good one. He couldn't. But she was very nice to ask that one question. I don't know why he ran out of questions with someone who was way more of an expert.

When he's not asking about electronics and appliances, he wants to know the first car that I drove. Or that Bob drove. Or my parents. Or my aunt. How old is that brand? What does its logo look like? We have a friend who is an old car aficionado. We saw him this evening. I told Little Elvis to ask him some questions, and he might have the answer. Did Little Elvis ask him? No.

I'm not really complaining. Don't think I am. For the most part, it's funny. And I think we're lucky that this child is so interested in facts. I checked out a DVD for him last week at the library. It was a set of 4 Popular Mechanics for Kids shows. I thought it was about slimy things. That show didn't work very well. But he loved the one about subways. He was thrilled to learn that Popular Mechanics was a magazine. This show was made in the late 90s. He wanted to know about the production company, the publisher, and one of the funders.

I got Baby Plum a DVD about parrots called "The Parrots of Telegraph Hill." Little Elvis wasn't a fan. I didn't know what it was. I thought it was a nature show about parrots. It was a documentary about some parrots that lived in a neighborhood. Surprisingly, Baby Plum loved it. He likes parrots. It had a music video about some of the parrots. He watched it several times in a row.

Little Elvis took exception with the production company of the documentary. The company's tagline is "Everything else is fiction." But he says if there was a George Washington documentary, then it wouldn't be fiction. There you go production company. You just got served.


Blogger mpotter said...


guess he never expected real answers and it made him clam up.
so interesting.

i was telling little girl the other day about encyclopedias & trying to explain it. i thought of y'all. ha!

i'm still jealous.
i should really look into getting a set.

if she had annnny interest in annnnything maybe i would (:

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