My Brilliant Son

Actual conversation with Oliver on the way to school earlier this week:

Oliver: Catherine’s getting her hair cut today at her barber Blue Note.
Me: Blue Note is really more of a “hair dresser.”
Oliver: Why?
Me: Well, places where women get their hair cut tend to be called “hair dresser” instead of “barber.”
Oliver: Why?
Me: I don’t know. Although some people I know who are men get their hair cut at Blue Note.
Oliver: Who?
Me: People at silverorange like Steven and Isaac.
Oliver: There’s an Isak at my school.
Me: Yes, he spells his name differently though.
Oliver: Oh, that’s a homophone.
Me: A homophone?
Oliver: Spelled different, sounds the same.

I looked it up. He’s right. I thought it was a homonym, but it isn’t. I’ve a feeling this is the start of a long slow slide into the intellectual shadow of my son.


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Mary Burke on May 29, 2009 - 14:13

Actually it starts slowly, and accelerates amazingly quickly. Have fun.

Kevin's picture
Kevin on June 9, 2009 - 17:40

Get used to it Pete — I think I’m officially a recipient of knowledge from Ryan and Julia on all fronts/topic.

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