Saturday, May 27th 2006
A Look Into the Mind of Ethan-6yr

The other day in the car, Ethan-6yr were discussing the cat, Charlo. I don’t know what I said that made Ethan-6yr shake his head with disgust and say, "Why didn’t you ask ME, Mom?"


Ethan-6yr is totally put out that I didn’t consult him on the cat issue, which was so important i cannot even remember anymore. "Mom. I am an animal behaviorist. You should have asked ME."

I sputter. He just turned 6. Animal behaviorist?! I’m wondering if that’s even correct, or if it’s actually ‘behavioralist’. I think he had it right though, although my thirty year old self had to google it to be sure.  geez. Anyway, I got it together enough to say, "Animal behaviorist? Is THAT what you said?"

Ethan-6yr, suddenly bores with the conversation and gets annoyed. "Yes, Mom. That means I study the behaviors of animals." He sounds so beleaguered at having to define it for me, but sorry. He DOES have to define it for me.

"Um…. when did you become that, and where did you learn that phrase?"

"I’ve ALWAYS been one, we just haven’t always called me one."

Right. Okay.

Tonight we were all outside, and Charlo the cat wanted to come out to the backyard, too. Once outside, he sat on the sidewalk and the West Texas wind riffed through his long coat. It blew about, so long is his fur, and so strong are our breezes. Ethan-6yr watched Charlo for a few minutes, and said, "Look! The wind is grooming his fur!"

I don’t even know what that meant, except that it was cute, and I loved him for saying it.

A few days after Ethan-6yr pronounced himself an Animal Behaviorist, I pointed out a bird’s nest to him. He says that he can tell exactly what kind of bird made the nest, just by looking at it. I’m impressed. He squints a little, then declares confidently, "That is the nest of a kookaburra!" Uh huh.

"Actually, Ethan, kookaburras just live in Australia."

"Oh. Looked like it to me!"

Moral of the story: do not be impressed by a person’s professional title. It might not indicate actual expert status.

(you can, however, be totally mommy-proud of the cuteness of a professional title, if warranted.)


28 Comments on “A Look Into the Mind of Ethan-6yr”

May 27th, 2006
11:12 pm

Funny boy!!

Mary, mom to many

Diane J.
May 27th, 2006
11:32 pm

Hey, he IS a professional…..Are you absolutely SURE that wasn’t a kookaburra’s nest? Ask him what causes my cats to get what I call “the rips”….you know, where they tear through the house at warp speed, banking off walls and furniture for no discernible reason? I’d really be interested in his professional opinion, LOL. ;-)

May 28th, 2006
12:14 am

How cute! I love it when they get all serious…

May 28th, 2006
12:54 am

too cute!! my son also is quite an expert sometimes – quite funny that tone of authority they can comeup with

May 28th, 2006
7:44 am

Very cute. Sounds like an incredibly intelligent little kid! I think I’d be just a little intimidated. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t identify a bird’s nest. ;)

May 28th, 2006
8:14 am

Oh how funny! And, too late. I’m totally impressed. I’m with Diane–are you totally sure you don’t have a rebel migrant kookaburra?

May 28th, 2006
9:10 am

That is soooo cute!! I love when kids think they know everything : )

May 28th, 2006
11:16 am

That is SO sweet. And amazing that he can articulate such a complex idea!

sally apokedak
May 28th, 2006
11:44 am

I like that kid!

May 28th, 2006
12:44 pm

Aww, man, that is cute! I wish I was an animal Behavioralist (sp?) At least he’s confident!

May 28th, 2006
3:11 pm

Funny kid, so by any chance is Animal Planet a popular channel in your house?

May 28th, 2006
8:17 pm

I remember the time my then 4 yr old looked t me and says “Well, ACTUALLY mom, You are wrong…”

It took me a few seconds to answer him, I was in awe he used the word actually!

grafted branch
May 28th, 2006
8:56 pm

Maybe your son could examine my daughters. They think they are “horsies” and “doggies” way too often. When they run, they do it with elbows bent and hands up at their shoulders in a prancing position, and they can often be seen leading one another on a leash (real or kid-fashioned). Years earlier, when my oldest was just 4, she actually tongue bathed the cat! Eewww!

Is that normal, HolyMama? Any of it? Or should I make an appointment for them to see your son? (: )

May 28th, 2006
10:02 pm

Maybe he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express (assuming you have seen those commercials. The person will be doing surgery or something and people will say “oh, are you a surgeon?” and they’ll say “no, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”)

I believe it is ‘behavioralist’

I am amazed that he has even heard of a kookaburra. I am a birdwatcher and most people don’t even realize that is a bird. Unless he has heard the song “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree. Merry merry king of the woods is he. Laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra. Gay you life must be.”

grafted branch
May 28th, 2006
11:53 pm

I know that song! That’s a Barney favorite!

May 29th, 2006
12:44 pm

He sounds like my six year old boy soooo much! I call him my “doctor” son!

May 29th, 2006
5:19 pm

I don’t know, but he sounds like a animal behavorist to me, lol.

May 29th, 2006
5:40 pm

I happen to be very impressed with his professional title. Too cute!

May 29th, 2006
8:12 pm

lol. animal behaviorist. i like it.

i tagged you for a meme. :)

May 29th, 2006
11:20 pm

I’m impressed! I don’t think many six year olds could come up something like that! Very smart kid!

May 30th, 2006
12:26 pm

He sounds very smart! And absolutely adorable! And hey, if he actually grows up to be an animal behaviorist, you can say, “I knew way back when…” Have a good one!

May 30th, 2006
12:43 pm

I’m thinking it might have been a kookaburra’s nest after all. Never ever doubt that with which is uttered by a 6yo. I seriously think that you need to make sure it isn’t a kookaburra.
Great story, he sounds just like my nephew who says some of the most off the wall things. Smart guy, good luck to him and his future calling!
I love you site by the way, came here by way of Created For His Glory. I will be back!

May 30th, 2006
12:50 pm

At least he knows who he is at an early age… At 35, I’m still wondering what I am supposed to be when I grow up.

That is an incredibly likable story, Kelsey. You have the right to be proud of your little animal behaviorist, even if you dudn’t know what that was.

I’ve got some squirrels that he could help me out with if you are ever in the area next spring…

May 30th, 2006
1:39 pm

Oh, my word … that child is simply adorable … in an animal behaviorist kind of way, you know what I’m saying?

Kim from Hiraeth
May 30th, 2006
9:25 pm

Hi Kelsey,

I read this in bloglines when you first posted it and don’t think I remembered to come and tell you how much I enjoyed reading this post!

I was a preschool teacher for many years and let me tell you, I’d've loved having your son in my class! I think you’ve got a tiger by the tail (and that’s ALL GOOD!)

May 31st, 2006
2:01 pm

Toooo funny…the whole thing….just too funny.

I had one of those days a few days ago…Everything irked me…things that normally wouldn’t phase me…heck I IRKED ME….

I love your blog. You’re so funny! :-)
I did the Peek Inside Me Weekly…It’s not to late for you!

hee hee

May 31st, 2006
2:07 pm


I thought I was commenting on the Licking and Waxing one….SHEESH!!!

Ok…so this is funny too! What a funny kid! I bet he just keeps you in stitches.

Has he been watching the Discovery Channel or what?

Ok…so this was meant for the A Look Into The Mind Of Ethan….JUST IN CASE I MESSED UP AGAIN….

June 1st, 2006
7:40 am

That kid is awesome.

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