Running up a trail I take a couple times a week, I hopped a few rocks around a father toddling up with his daughter, she 3 or 4 years old, I guessed.
As I passed she said, “That’s a goo hikeh.”
“Yes,” her father said, “a girl hiker.”
“She’s a goo hikeh.” The girl insisted.
I noticed she changed her pronoun. Do three-year-olds know their pronouns or was she just mimicking her father?
“Yes,” her father said, “she’s a girl hiker.”
Did he not understand that his small daughter understood pronouns?
“Daaaad, she’s a reeeally goo hikeh!”
Did he think she was seeking confirmation three times in a row, and not, possibly, a correction as affirmation?
“Yep, a girl hiker.”
We were all baffled, I suppose.
A hundred barn swallows bobbed through the cut grass, sifting and lifting up again.
Lightning silently highlighting clouds across the dark night sky.
Standing under the day's hottest sun, side by side and tail to nose, swatting flies.
(Colorful) Colorado was the Buffalo Plains State, the Lead State, the Columbine State, the Rocky Mountain State, and Mother of Rivers.
A chorus of crickets has sprung up, protesting sudden heat and humidity, as thick and soporific as the air itself.
Puppies at 19 days old, quite lovingly fantastic.
Pilots are celebrating. Socked in for days, the horizon is translucent again, like butter left out.
It is not even dark. The moon is not out. The sky is still full of periwinkle. But a coyote is howling.
At dinner we discussed the fox, the coyote, the bobcat. No one mentioned the moon.