conversations with boys

Three: Next time we have pancakes, Mommy, you make my pancake in the shape of a ninja. Okay?

Mommy: Wow. A ninja? How about I do a ninja sword? A ninja is really hard to do.

Three: You can’t do a ninja?

Seven: She can’t do a ninja. Only professionals can do ninjas.


Seven: I love Mommy, but I like Papà a little bit more.

Three: Yeah. I love Mommy too.

Seven: But I like Papà more.

Three takes a peek at me to see if I am listening. I pretend not to be.

Three: Yeah, I like Papà more too.


Three: Mommy, how ninjas are made?

Mommy: Ninjas are people who have special training.

Three: How people are made?

Mommy: They grow from babies in their mommy’s tummy.

Three: But where the mommy come from?

Mommy: First the mommy is a baby too, and then she grows up into a mommy.

Three: I never going to grow up.

Mommy: You don’t want to grow up?

Three: YES! I want to grow up! But it never happen. Seven always bigger than me!


About Jennifer

I'm a freelance translator and American expat. I live in Northern Italy with my two young sons.
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7 Responses to conversations with boys

  1. Gil says:

    Thanks for sharing another heartwarming conservation with your boys. It is times like this that you wish that your kids would stay young forever!

  2. meredith says:

    Well you know what’s left to do…you need to sign up for professional ninja pancake making classes.

  3. Nur says:

    İ agree with Gil! İ wish boys stay small forever! How geniuni how sweet they are! İ love the way u write! Thank u for sharing with us… All the best! Kisses, nur

  4. Hilary says:

    This made me smile…and I really needed to smile! Thank you!

  5. Jadie says:

    it’s bittersweet to acknowledge how much your boys trust your sturdiness to let them think out loud about handling the torn feelings they have believing you will not overtly recoil. feelings all kids have… you are proving yourself. high five!

  6. Linda says:

    Love the conversations and your writing.

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