Disclaimer: I am not saying my son is smarter than the average 2-year-old. I don’t want to be the kind of Mom who thinks her son is superior over other kids. I made myself promise that years ago when I was just thinking of having a baby (I even blogged it on Multiply). I knew that time would come when I would be so amused with the things my kid would be saying, and that I’d think only my child is capable of thinking and saying those things. But I promised myself I know better. I mean, what mom has not thought her kid is smart? And what mom have not said this line to her child’s teacher (after receiving a report card with low grades): “Matalino naman ‘yan si [insert kid’s name]….’yun nga lang ang tamad mag-aral talaga!” or, “Matalino naman talaga ‘yan si [insert kid’s name]…’yun nga lang distracted these days!” And then the mom would dig up instances that her child had shown intelligence.
Tama ako ‘di ba? Hehehe. And I don’t blame these moms. Because if only I weren’t too cynical pre-mommyhood, I think I’d fall into this trap. Actually, I think I too am. But my promise to Pre-Nanay Dewmaine is still fresh in my mind.
But please allow me to share with you things Raviv said this summer. I got to spend only a few moments with him last summer, and those precious moments surprised me most of the time. Here are some of our conversations:
Setting: From summer up to now, Raviv has been crazy about dinosaurs. Almost every night, he alternates watching Jurassic Park and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. One night, Randy was eating chocolate-coated almonds, and he was giving Raviv some. Randy told Raviv they were eating dinosaur eggs. Raviv bragged to me that he was eating dinosaur eggs. Then I told him, “What?!? The mommy dinosaur will get mad at you!” And he choked on his sobs—he knew how protective mommy dinosaurs were of their babies (as shown in both Jurassic Park 2 & 3 and in Ice Age). He looked adorably kawawa fighting off crying.
The following day, napag-trip-an ko nanaman si Raviv. While he was eating…
Nanay Dew: Are you eating dinosaur eggs Raviv? Hala ka!!! The mommy dinosaur will get angry at you!
Raviv [stopped chewing the colored chocolate coated almonds he was eating, and looked at me dead serious]: That’s not funny Nanay. Not funny.
OMG. Can you believe my 2-year-old?!?
Setting: We were lying on the bad, Randy was already asleep. Raviv was watching Jurassic Park, and the closing credits were already rolling. I wanted to cap off the night by watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Nanay Dew: Now that Jurassic Park is finished, can Nanay watch something else?
Raviv: Watch ka ng doctors Nanay (referring to Grey’s Anatomy)?
Nanay Dew: Wow you remembered baby?!? Yes Nanay will watch the doctors!
Raviv: Surgeon ako when I grow up ‘di ba?
At kinilig ako nang todo!!! McDreamy at McSteamy combined ang future ng anak ko! Last summer, ini-“inception” ko siya na maging surgeon. 😉
Setting: Randy and Raviv were watching Ice Age (for the nth time!) And then a certain dinosaur appeared onscreen. Raviv gasped, eyes widened and said…
Raviv: Tatay look at the pachycephalosaurus!
Tatay Randy: Oh yes, the one with the hard head!
Raviv: Again Tatay. [meaning, rewind the scene]. Show Nanay the pachycephalosaurus.
And he just kept on saying “pachycephalosaurus” over and over again. Wala lang, parang nagsasabi lang siya ng “dog” o ng “cat”. Correct pronunciation ‘yan mga hijo at hija 😉
Setting: Yaya Isay and I were clothing Raviv in his playroom. He brought out his toy dinosaurs. I recognized one. I wanted to impress him that, Hey, I also know about dinosaurs! Not just Tatay! So…
Nanay Dew: Oh my goodness Raviv! Here’s your brachiosaurus!
Raviv, getting the dinosaur from me, with wrinkled forehead: No, hindi ‘yan brachiosaurus Nanay! Dipto (—I forgot kung ano’ng dipto ‘yung sinabi niya…diptolocus ba ‘yun?!?)
Yaya Isay and I exchanged glances. Not wanting to be embarrassed, I said…
Nanay Dew: ‘Di ba brachiosaurus ito kasi long-necked?
Raviv, inspecting the dinosaur more closely: No. Iba ‘yung brachiosaurus Nanay. Iba ‘yun.
E ‘di iba na!!! But I also asked Randy. And he confirmed that Raviv was right about the dipto-dipto and I was wrong. OK. Fine!
Setting: Raviv was “reading”—imitating his Tatay in pointing out and naming stuff that were in a book, while I was putting on make-up because I was in a rush to go to my morning class.
Raviv: O Nanay what’s this?
Nanay Dew [not really minding him]: I don’t know baby.
Raviv, pointing to the animal more furiously: Nanay, alam mo ‘yan. Alam mo ‘yan!
Ooookaaay…at least bilib pa rin sa akin ang anak ko! Hihihi.
There are so many other things that Raviv says that just amaze and amuse me.
Like when we fetched Mom from the airport when she arrived from London. Mom gave Raviv a train and a bus toys as pasalubong. Then when Mom asked, “Sino ngang nagbigay ng train and bus sa ‘yo? Raviv replied, “Si Lola Emma! Galing London falling down!”
And one time, Randy frowned as he related: “Kaninang umuulan, sabi ba naman ni Raviv, ‘It’s raining men.'” I asked “Huh? San niya natutunan ‘yun? Randy replied, “Sa’n pa. E ‘di sa ‘yo!”
Oh yeah, I remember saying, “It’s raining men!” every time it rains nga pala. Just like when I say “De Guzman” or “Sino’ng ‘di mawiwili” every time I hear someone say, “Wowee!” and “Power Rangers” when I actually mean, “Go!” (Gets? “Remember “Go go Power Rangers!!!”) Hahaha!
So Raviv gets the nerdy stuff from Tatay. Mga kalokohan galing sa akin.
At least balanced—may sense of humor din si Raviv 😉
Tell me what you think!
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