The week before last I had to take E to her 4-month eye check. My friend went with us to help me with Ev (who likes to hang from all the equipment like a monkey….sigh). It was time for the vision screening so the nurse started putting all these black and white pictures up for E to identify.
Have you seen the pictures they use for these eye tests? They are kind of odd. Black and white and slightly….abstract.
And the picture of the telephone is rotary and circa 1960. (E did know what it was!)
So the nurse is going through the images and E is naming them off and she gets to the next image and E says
“Those are phalanges.”
Cue odd look from the nurse. “Wait, what are those?”
“I said they are phalanges!” Cue eye roll and seriously don’t you know this? look from my daughter.
See, the picture of the hand that they showed her almost looked skeletal (I told you the pictures are a little odd) so she was 100% correct. My 3 year old told that nurse exactly what she saw.
So then I was telling my mom this story a couple days later. My mom thought this was just so awesome that her granddaughter knows the word phalanges, so she stuck out her toes and asked “Ellie, what are these called?”
“Those are foot phalanges.”
Ev’s tiny foot phalanges at a week old.
What funny things have your children (or students) said lately?