Friday, February 3, 2012


When my 3 year old daughter wants to cast a spell, she says, "Abracadabra, Mi Mo Fo Fabra! Turn Mama into a cat!" Then she waves her wand at me and I meow. Sometimes she turns me into a dog, or turns herself into a monster.

But it always starts with "Abracadabra, Mi Mo Fo Fabra!"

I love the way kids make up their own words, or put a different spin on something.

When my son was little, he used to cast spells like this: "Abracadabra, Allakazam, turn Mama into a dinosam!" (dinosaur) He'd always make the last word of his spell rhyme with zam. He might say, "Abracadabra, Allakazam, make mama clean my ram!" (room)

Well, one day several years back my dad was visiting. My son got out his wand and waved it around.

"Abracadabra, Allakazam, send Grampy back to Nam!"

Yep. My dad is a Vietnam war veteran.

My dad put his hands over his face and laughed and laughed. In a small voice, trying to speak through laughter, he squeaked out, "But I don't want to go back to Nam."

It's one of those family stories that we still love to laugh about.


1 comment:

Ms. Moon said...

Oh the magic of the babies. I believe but mostly in them.