Rye Li being the natural chatterbox that she is never fails to surprise us with what she has to say. At times, she can be really rude as she must always have the last say, of course, with me telling her off for being rude. But still, stubborn as always, she will then give me that “hmmph” look when she knows she can’t answer me as if her actions seem to be louder than her words.
Here are some more of her conversations with us…
One night many months back, while on the bed getting to sleep, her papa got close to her to give her a goodnight kiss but instead smell her and she went :-
Rye Li: Why you smell me? You think I’m McDonalds? You want to eat me ah?
Or while lying down on the floor watching tv and we accidentally brushed against her, she will go :-
Rye Li: You think I’m a chair? You want to sit on me?
She loves to complaint about her little mei-mei whenever Haye Li does something wrong. I know she wants to see my reaction towards her mei-mei and I do scold or correct Haye Li when she is in the wrong too. They’re both at the stage where they will fight over a toy or something and at times mine or their papa’s attention. When one does something, the other will follow. It can be so tiring! For events that I didn’t witness and this girl will come to me and complaint about her mei-mei, depending on my mood, I will tell Haye Li off or at times I will tell Rye Li to stay away from her mei-mei especially if she knows her mei-mei is going to snatch her things.
Last nite, Rye Li came to complain to me that Haye Li stepped on her when she was lying down on the mattress. I didn’t see this and I know Haye Li didn’t purposely want to step on Rye Li and she probably want to get to the other side in which Rye Li was in the way. I just took a different approach this time….
Rye Li: Mummy, just now mei-mei step (ped) on me when I was sleeping on the mattress
Mummy: What do you think I should to her? If mummy scold her, she will probably cry and then she will do it again. So how?
Rye Li: Beat her
Mummy: Yea, but she will just cry and then stop. And probably do it again to you. So how? What should we do to mei-mei so she can learn to behave?
Rye Li: Beat harder!
*Maybe a sign I should stop smacking them when they’re naughty*
On Mother's Day over the weekend, we spent the day at my parent's place and Rye Li was hanging out with her two cousins, Ro Wyn and Jo Tien. My mom (their Grandma) was with them at that time and in their conversation, my niece, Ro Wyn mentioned that "Grandma is fat".
Rye Li replied "You're not fat Grandma, you're just nice. My papa is fat!"
This really made her Grandma's day that day!
The most interesting of all are her conversations with her papa over the phone when he is away on his business trips. There will always be the duty calls at nights before her bedtime.
A typical conversation will sound like this :-
Rye Li: Papa, where are you now?
Papa: I’m in XXX
Rye Li: You sit aero plane ah?
Rye Li: You stay where papa?
Papa: I’m staying at XXX hotel
Rye Li: Oh, you stay with who?
Papa: I’m staying alone
Rye Li: Ok, what are you doing now?
Papa: I’m with my customer having dinner
Rye Li: Your customer what name?
Rye Li: Your customer boy or girl?
Rye Li: You having your dinner where?
Papa: In a restaurant
Rye Li: What is the restaurant (‘s) name?
Rye Li: Papa, what are you eating?
Papa: I’m eating so & so. Ok Rye Li, papa got to go already.
Rye Li: Ok papa. I love you papa. Talk to you tomorrow night. Good night papa (*typical response every time she ends the conversation*)
At times, the conversations can also be like this…
Rye Li: Papa, you go there for how many nights?
Papa: 2 nights
Rye Li: So you come back Friday ah?
Papa: Yes, I come back Friday night.
Rye Li: Oh, who is that papa? *upon hearing some voices at the background*
Papa: Papa’s friend and customer
Rye Li: What’s your friend (’s) and customer (‘s) name?
Papa: xxx and xxxx
Rye Li: Boy or girl?
Papa: Boy and girl…Uncle XXX and Aunty XXX
Rye Li: They stay with you in your hotel room ah?
Papa: No, they don’t stay at the hotel
Rye Li: Oh. They stay where then?
Papa: I don’t know Rye Li
* Note: I have not taught her at all to ask these questions to her papa and I myself don’t even ask such things of him. God knows where she has learnt how to interrogate her papa like. She would always ask if her papa is with somebody or not and whether that person is staying with him. I wonder if we women are all born natural at asking these questions. LOL!