Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Aliens Are Not The Only Fruit

I am fast coming to the conclusion that my youngest son has a special relationship with food. A special relationship akin to the one the UK has with the US, whereby the US says jump, bend over, take it any which way but loose and we say dash it all old bean, you’re rather rough but we like it.

Tom has always had a good appetite. He eats well and he’s a solid, sturdy little boy. Not a bruiser, not a Fatty Arbuckle. Just solid.

But this isn’t where the special relationship lies.

It lies somewhere in the part of his brain that deals with vocabulary. In particular with the naming of things.

Let me explain by way of an example.

Whilst recently playing on Lego Batman Tom very excitedly jumped up and down and said he was fighting the melons. This caused puzzled looks and consternation all round. Melons? There are no melons in the game (even if you include Catwoman). What on earth was he on about?

Eventually we worked out that what he meant was ‘villains’. He was fighting the villains.

Melons = villains.

Since then we have clocked up other nouns that he has transposed with food items.

Onions = aliens.
Garlic = Darlek.
Ginger = Ninja.

I’m sure any child psychologist reading this will deduce that my boy is obsessed with food, sci-fi, Lego Ninjago and fighting crime. And not necessarily in that order.

Is this normal? Is it?

Or am I just waffling on about nothing? Exaggerating a mere trifle? Being both a bit of a pudding and a silly sausage?

Answers on the back of a menu to the normal address please.



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22 comments:

Trish @ Mum's Gone To ... said...

Sounds like your lad has been spending too much time in Spar Wars.

Very Bored in Catalunya said...

You clearly have a future sci-fi chef in the making.

My son keeps mixing up thirsty and filthy - much to everyones confusion.

Steve said...

Trish: that's a Lidl unfair of you.

Very Bored in Catalunya: I know how he feels. I frequently feel like I'm dying of filth.

Martin Lower said...

Sounds like he's a future chef! If you end up broke in your old age, at least you should eat well!

Wanderlust said...

No idea if it's normal but now I think I need to get my son Lego Batman. He would be all over that.

Steve said...

Martin: broke in my old age? You mean: right now?

Wanderlust: it's the best babysitter money can buy. ;-)

Gorilla Bananas said...

I'm very impressed that he knows about garlic and ginger - he sounds like a budding gastronome. I hope you're encouraging him to watch The Jimmy Oliver Show.

Steve said...

Gorilla Bananas: we used to let him watch Gordon Ramsay but the language he picked up was terrible.

Rol said...

Excuse me while I phone Social Services...

Steve said...

Rol: better them than Waitrose.

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Sounds like a case of juvenile mondegreens... Garlic Darleks? Just the thing to exterminate unwanted vampires.

TimeWarden said...

When I was seven or eight, I sometimes switched the letters b and d, occasionally referring to Cybermen as cider men! Not so strange when you've seen the actors who play them, with pints in their hands, outside your local!!

Steve said...

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden: there is that advantage, yes. He will repel vampires. But he may attract the French. I guess it's all swings and roundabouts.

TimeWarden: our little 'un has done that too. Garlics and Cidermen. Doctor Who has almost become a ploughman's.

About Last Weekend said...

Sounds like you have a Spielberg meets Jamie O on your hands. Whatever he will makes millions and keep you in golden legos for the rest of your days...

Steve said...

About Last Weekend: I'd better keep up the chocolate bribes in that case...!

the fly in the web said...

Onions are aliens..he is quite right.

Steve said...

The fly in the web: stranger from another planet, welcome to my stomach...

Marginalia said...

"Trifle", that's Luke Skywalker right?

John Gray said...

maybe he thinks more with colour?

Steve said...

Marginalia: personally I thought it was "ham". Or possibly "cheese".

John: are you trying to say he's gay?

Being Me said...

Can't imagine where he gets his word-food association mix-up from...

That. Is. SO. Cute.

John Gray might be onto something - there is an actual 'condition' that allows people to see words in colour (I had it for a long time, all through childhood til it went away sometime in my 20's.... but it's debatable whether there's anything wrong with me....!). It's called synesthesia (sp?).

Steve said...

Being Me: ah synesthesia - I've heard of it. Apparently Jimi Hendrix had it and saw music in colour. When I write I tend to use synesthesic responses a lot though don't think I have it myself. It does interest me though.