Me, to Miles: “Did you know that if it rains while the sun is shining it means you’re going to meet a leprechaun?”
Miles: “What’s a leprechaun?”
Me, suddenly realizing I didn’t have a good definition of “leprechaun” ready-at-hand, winging it: “A leprechaun is a little man about two feet high who wears green clothes and funny shoes and who dances and plays tricks and tells funny jokes.”
[… Long silence, then…]
Miles: “That’s awesome.”
[… Another long silence…]
Miles: “No, Daddy – That’s totally awesome!”
Who knew the surfer speak would start at age 4? Where in the world would he pick up a phrase like that? On the preschool playground no doubt. But he’s right about leprechauns – I just hadn’t thought of them that way in a very long time.