um, what?

5yo: i know how to talk a little Chinese. ni hao.

me: that’s right.  that’s hi or hello.

5yo:  that’s also goodbye in Chinese.

me: i didn’t know that. 

5yo:  that’s because your hair is long.


5yo:  because grownups’ hair is long.

8yo:  grownups are older, longer, and more in your face.



trying to explain to the kids that they are part-Chinese in the middle of them playing Chinese restaurant based on an old menu – don’t ask.  6yo sort of pays attention.

3yo:  i’m Sleeping Beauty.  she’s not Chinese.

me: um, yes… that is true….. [mind breaks on abrupt subject change]