Posts Tagged ‘Dinosaurs’

My (Future?) Irish Castle

Mark:  “When I am grown-up and a millionaire, what would you like me to buy you, Mom?”

Me:  “I don’t know.  I always thought Anne McCaffrey’s author’s bio sounded pretty awesome.  “Anne McCaffery lives and works in a renovated castle in Ireland.'”

Mark:  “So you want a castle in Ireland?”

Me:  “Sounds good.  So you’ll buy me one when you’re grown up and rich?”

Mark waves a dismissive hand.  “Of course not.  I’m going to get rich from my TIME MACHINE.  I’ll just go BACK IN TIME, build you a CASTLE, and then it’ll BE HERE now.”

On a related note, his homework this week…

The book he’d chosen to read was The Magic Schoolbus in the Time of the Dinosaurs.  The question he chose to answer was “Is this realistic fiction?”

His paragraph began:  “No.  Kids can’t go back in time to visit the dinosaurs.  Until I grow up and invent a time machine…”

Mark and Kate Debate Gender Stereotypes

So Mark and Kate are playing with the plastic dinosaurs…

Mark (brandishing a plastic stegosaurus):  “THIS one is the boy.  Here comes a big carnivore!  The boy will fight the carnivore!” (picking up a plastic ankylosaurus with his other hand) “THIS one is the girl.  She’s afraid of the carnivore.”

Kate:  “WHAT?  Why can’t the boy be afraid for a change?”

Mark:  “Because she’s the GIRL.”

Kate:  “SO?”

Mark:  “What?”

Kate:  “The GIRL can fight the bad guy too.”

Mark (who is not actually a chauvinist but merely pulling out plot lines he’s seen in too many cartoons, thinks this over and decides she has a point):  “Okay.”

In the end, they decide the stegosaur and ankylosaur are brother and sister who fight the carnivore together.  Good job, next generation!

Harry Potter Meets Dinos

Mark listens to Harry Potter audiobooks every night while he’s going to sleep.  He also has a set of plastic dinosaurs that converse as they fight.  Which is how this came about:

Plastic Maiasaur:  “My father was a plant-eater, like me.”

Plastic Brachiosaur:  “It turns out my father was a carnivore.  Bit of a nasty shock when I found out.”


Stegosaurs are Scrumptious

Maybe this happens to all families, but in our house every so often the entire crowd turns into T-rexes and have varied stegosaurus dishes for dinner.  Just last night we were chowing down on mashed stegosaurus with stegosaurus gravy, stegosaurus sandwiches, veggies and steggies, all washed down with stegosaurs juice.

Until Mark-rex suddenly decided to switch sides.  Or something.

“All right, T-rexes,” he bellowed, drawing back an invisible bow string.  “Hold it right there.  I’m Robin Hood.”


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