On Saturday, Chris and I went into the Club to work out for a little while, and Maggie and Aleita went to the kids' room for the cheapest child care around ($1 per kid while you work out.....though I am thinking - how would they know if I left for a few hours and snuck out to get groceries instead?) Anyway - that afternoon after we got home, Aleita was discussing her morning experience in the kids' room. She mentioned, "I played with Max, Jacob, and Doofus."
I looked at her in surprise and said, "what did you just say?"
She repeated, "I played with Max, Jacob, and Doofus."
I then did the parent-talk that goes into one ear and out the other and reminded her that it isn't nice to call other people names, and how did she feel when other people called her names....blah...blah...blah....
She looked at me with a shocked look on her face and said, "I DIDN'T call anyone a name!"
"Aleita!" I said, "You just called some little boy a doofus!"
She looked at me indignantly and said, "That's his name!"
"Aleita," I said, "there was no one there named 'Doofus'.....Why did you call him that?"
She defensively answered, "His name was so Doofus! I heard his brother call him that so I knew that was his name."
Apparently she thus preceded to call him by his sibling-appointed name of 'Doofus' for the entire time she was there.