ME: Hey, Nick! Look what I bought you! It’s a toy robot! His name is Mike! You wind up him up and sparks come out. Watch!
NICK: AH!!! AH!!!! TAKE IT AWAY!
ME: But Nick…
NICK: TAKE IT AWAY!
AGE TWO AND A HALF
ME: Hey, Nick. Want to meet Mister Spoon?
ALLISON: What are you going to do?
ME: It’s just a magic trick. I make the spoon float in mid-air. He’ll love it.
ALLISON: It will scare him.
ME: Oh, it will not. Look, Nick! It’s Mister SPOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!
NICK: AH!!! AH!!! NO!!!! TAKE IT AWAY!!!!
ALLISON: Told you.
ME: Want to see Mike the Robot?
NICK: NO!!!! NO!!!!
ALLISON: Okay, seriously? Stop asking if he wants to see the robot. He doesn’t want to see it.
ME: Want to see Mister Spoon?
ALLISON: Stop it.
NICK: I don’t want to go back to Karate class. Okay?
ME: How come?
NICK: I feel shy.
ME: Yeah. I know how that is. But I’m glad you tried it. It’s good to try things that are scary. You have to be brave sometimes.
NICK: I want to see Mike the Robot.
ME: Who’s that?
NICK: Mike the Robot. Who used to scare me when I was a baby.
ME: Oh. You do?
ME: What if he scares you?
NICK: I gonna hide under the table while you get him.
NICK: I under the table! Get Mike the Robot!
ME: Okay. I’ve got him. Should I hand him to you?
ME: Where should I put him?
NICK: Put him in the hallway.
ME: Okay. Okay, he’s in the hall.
NICK: Okay, daddy.
ME: You want to come out and see him?
NICK: Okay. Okay.
(Crawls out from the under the table. Slowly walks to hallway.)
NICK: That Mike?
ME: Yep. That’s him.
NICK: I like him.
ME: You want me to wind him up?
ME: Okay. See how the sparks come out?
NICK: HAHAHA! I’m not scared of Mike, dad!
ME: I know!
NICK: I not scared of him! I like him!
ME: I’m glad.
NICK: Go get Mister Spoon.