It is called the transitive property right? When A=B and B=C, then A=C? We applied it today.
This weekend we spent a lot of time at our local aquarium because they have a new (COOL!) Dinosaur exhibit! I took Em Friday, and the dinosaurs scared her to death! (and yes, elicited a nightmare Friday night). D took her back Saturday to show her that dinosaurs were funny and it worked! Sunday morning she came into our bed to play and said, “Mommy, dinosaurs BIG and LOUD and FUNNY! and not scarey”. And we talked a lot about how she doesn’t need to be afraid if she is with mommy or daddy, etc… And we decide to go back to the aquarium Sunday (membership has it rewards 🙂 ). Em did ok, but still preferred to keep a healthy distance from them. It is a GOOD exhibit, one of the best I have ever seen, and except for the very human like teeth some of them have, they do look real, so I can understand Em wanting to keep a little distance.
Even since then, if you ask about dinosaurs she will tell you they are big and loud and funny.
Cut to this morning, on the way to day care, we just happened to be driving by the train station at 7:30, and the 7:30 train happened to be pulling in. So we got out to look at the train. (and cover our ears when it blew its whistle!)
On the way to day care, we had a little talk about trains and dinosaurs.
Mommy: Em, is the train big?
Emmy: oh yes mommy, train big!
Mommy: Em, is the train loud?
Emmy: Train hurt my ears (Em speak for loud)
Mommy: Em, is the train funny?
Mommy: So the train is big and loud and funny?
Emmy: Train is BIG and LOUD and FUNNY!
Mommy: OK, Em, so if the train is big and loud and funny and dinosaurs are big and loud and funny, are trains dinosaurs?
Emmy: No, Dinosaurs ON the train!
And that ended our discussion of the transitive property, but her rational did make sense to me.