Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thumb and Four Fingers

Last night before bed, I read The Rooster a book about Gorillas.


"Primates have one thumb and four fingers on each hand," we learned.

The Rooster held up her right hand and counted.

Amazed at the result, she held up her left hand and counted.

Her eyes widened, sparkling.

"Mommy," she exclaimed, "I AM A PRIMATE!!!"

"Yes!" I said. "You are a primate."

"And YOU are a primate!"

"Yes."

"The Mayor is a primate, too!"

She went on to name every person we have ever met.

All of them are primates!

Imagine that!


Good morning, primates!

39 comments:

WILLIAM said...

I always considered my wife a Prime Mate.

Patience said...

How happy I am to be a PriMate!

ccr in MA said...

Oh, that light-bulb moment of realization! I love it.

eruvande said...

This anthropologist appreciates your teaching your children about this stuff from such an early age. ^_^

furiousBall said...

i'm definitely a primate... wait, let me recount. yep. me = monkey

Circus Kelli said...

Good morning back at ya!

I was gonna make a "gorilla grunt", but I'm not sure how to spell that... ;)

Jozet at Halushki said...

They should call it Prim-five, right? Because Prim...eight...uh...

No?

Sorry.

Bogart in P Towne said...

Yea, but my thumb is opposible. Take that silly gorillas.

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

I lurve primates! I wanted to study then for a living over in Africa with good ol' primate expert Jane Goodall. I don't know what happened to that dream...

Cat, Galloping said...

I read the first couple of instances as "pirate" not "primate." I was like, but wait, pirates aren't the only ones with... oh.

Deb said...

Ahh... evolution humor. Excellent.

Stimey said...

Look at The Rooster, applying what she's read. Smart girl!

jen said...

makes me feel like thumping my chest.

Cyndi said...

Oh, how cute! I remember when I first learned we were animals. I was much older, though.

My husband says I am like a monkey because I can use my feet almost as well as my hands. Too much information?

Lisa Milton said...

Hey! Who you calling monkey?...

(I love it when they make those connections. Great age.)

Above Average Joe said...

Good morning to you too. Now come here and let me pick some bugs out of your hair.

NotSoSage said...

Dude.

You just totally blew her mind.

Lisa said...

Huh. This must be why we refer to our son as "the little monkey."

Magpie said...

Good afternoon, primate.

BOSSY said...

A tale about going Apesh*t.

(Bossy may not always make sense, but she's trying.)

mamatulip said...

Good morning to you, too!

apathy lounge said...

Such a little sponge!

carrie said...

I take that as a compliment! :)

Bryan said...

Good morning PriMate. :)

Bon said...

laughing. oh discovery.

and then...wait...she must mean I'M a primate too?!!?

way cool. :)

Scary Mommy said...

TAG!
I know, it's lame. Don't make me feel worse :P
SORRY!

we_be_toys said...

Oh my god - I'm a primate too!
Its like an epidemic!

That child is criminally cute, like you didn't know!

Stepping over the Junk said...

I love genius kids

Yeah said...

I don't think i am that prime no more

Jennifer H said...

I love those moments when they get it. And the things that come out of their sweet little minds!

Aliki2006 said...

It's great being a primate, isn't it?!

isabella mori said...

yay for the brothersisterhood of all primates!

it would do us all a load of good if we kept remembering that we're all animals.

good for you for setting the foundation!

Denguy said...

I'm a primate and so is my wife.

GRAY MATTER MATTERS said...

Well, uh, no, actually. I mean primates are monkeys and people are people and obviously since we were all created at the same time (give or take a day or so) and the earth only started about 5800 years ago. Well, you know, I mean that's just some sort of hoodoo gooroo crazy talk. Oh, love your blog, aside from the Godless heathenist stuff.--Sincerely, Mitt Romney

Maureen said...

Oooh, oooh, oooh (scratches under each arm) to you too!

Chicagoland nesting network said...

We always feel like there are a lot of monkey's around here... :)
CLNN

JK said...

LOL. You must have enjoy your morning.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I always knew my son was a monkey! :)

All Adither said...

And some of us are Playmates. Though not me.