While I was unloading the dishwasher, he came back into the kitchen, twirling a little Webkinz hippo in his hand and shuffling in and out of the kitchen while he talked. Step forward, step back. Step forward, step back, and round and round the stuffed hippo goes.
Here was the conversation:
Toa: Are hippopatamuses good swimmmers?Whereupon Toa takes off for his bedroom. Puzzled, I wonder into the living room and boot up my netbook, intent on blogging that conversation before I forget the sequence of questions. While my computer boots, I reflect on what he could of been talking about.
Me: Yes, they are very good swimmers. They spend most of their day in the water.
Toa: Can they swim faster than a fish?
Me: I think that would depend on the kind of fish. They probably swim faster than some fishes, and some fishes probably swim faster than hippos do.
Toa: How fast do dolphins swim?
Me: I don't know how fast dolphins swim.
Toa: Are they the strongest animals? Cause of their bite?
Me: They are very strong animals, and they have a very strong bite, but I don't know if they are the strongest animal.
Toa: What's the strongest animal?
Me: I don't know what the strongest animal is.
Toa: And the flea?
Toa: You know the flea and the hippo and the monkey and the owl?
Toa: I'll be right back.
Toa is back.
Toa: I couldn't find it.Now I'm off to do a search for the story of why mosquitos buzz in people's ears.
Me: Do you mean the story about Why the Mosquito Buzzes in Peoples' Ears?
Toa: Oh yeah!
Me: Yeah, that was a mosquito, not a flea.
Toa: Yeah, I just got confusing.
Toa: But I remember it was an African book.