Conversations With Toby and Anton

Have your kids (or kids you know) said anything funny recently? Now that Toby is seven and Anton is three, I love hearing what’s going on in their little minds! (In fact, Anton’s recent report card began: “Anton is a cool-as-a-cucumber little fellow,” haha.) Here are a few things they’ve busted out with this spring…

Anton: “This jet was made in the 1980s.”
Me: “What does the 1980s mean?”
Anton: “It means a long long time ago when dinosaurs were here.”

Me: “Anton, I love being your mommy. I love talking about knights and bugs with you.”
Anton: “Yeah, I like to talk about bugs because I’m scared of them. And I want to figure out a way, not to KILL them, but to make them all leave this planet.”

The other day, Toby lost a tooth when I was out of town. I wondered if Alex had remembered to put a coin under his pillow. When I got home, Toby and I had this conversation:
Me: “So, the tooth fairy came on Saturday morning???”
Toby: “Yes, but she was a little late.”
Me: “You mean, a coin wasn’t there when you woke up?”
Toby: “No, but she is so busy. There are so many kids.”
Me: “That’s true. But then you found it?”
Toby: “Daddy went to look and HE found it!!!!”

Anton: “Why did you name me Anton?”
Me: “Daddy and I loved the name Anton.”
Anton: “Why not a different name?” (Kind of perturbed.)
Me: “What name would you choose?”
Anton: “House Plant.”

Anton: “Can you wipe my face off?” (Laughs.) “Not wipe my face off, that would hurt. Can you wipe my face?”

Anton is such a super fan of Toby. It is so cute to see the little brother / big brother dynamic. One recent morning, I overheard them, as Toby was getting dressed for school. Says Anton: “That will look really nice on you! You should wear that! That will fit you po-feckly!!!”

Toby and Anton also write many letters to their hero — the actor Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, who performed the voice of Maui in the movie Moana. Toby usually asks questions like, “Dwayne Johnson, would you mind to bring me a fish hook?” or “Can you teach me the ‘You’re Welcome’ lyrics?” And Anton recently drew him a picture of a spider and transcribed the following note:

Dear Dwayne Johnson the Rock,
I hope you have a good time with my spider. And I hope you have a good time at all. And see you another day when you invite me there. 89 minutes to Brooklyn where our house is! The picture is a spider. There are also veins like in our body and there are straight ones and curly ones, also loopty-loop ones.
Goodbye, Dwayne Johnson!
Love, Anton

Conversations With Toby and Anton

What cute things are your kids talking about these days? I’d love to hear…

P.S. Toby’s week of outfits, and a kids’ guide to NYC.
P.P.S. I hope you have a good time at all.