I drove Frost to school on Friday. On the drive in the car Wren and I had a 'conversation.' Remember, I am driving and for the most part this requires that one is facing forward. Wren does not appreciate this point but I hope you can.
Wren: Can I rip this?
Me: I am driving. I can't see what it is. What do you want to rip?
Me: Tell me what it is so I can ... Frost, what does Wren want to rip.
[silence. Frost is reading Signspotting and cannot hear me.]
Me: What does Wren want to rip?
Frost: The coupon book.
Me: No, you can't rip the Chinook Book or it will be ruined.
Wren: But I REALLY want to rip it. This picture is a man jumping OUT.
Me: I can't see the picture [I glance around] .. oh... the cover. No, please don't rip that off. Its the new Chinook book.
Wren: I WANT TO RIP IT.
Me: Why don't you rip something else?
Wren: What can I rip?
Me: [making one of those dangerous swoops to retrieve something from the floor while driving] Here, rip this. [I give Wren Frost's homework information which shows Six Strategies of Skilled Writers.]
Wren: NO! [crying] That is not good. I want to RIP THIS!
[I am now about a second away from promising cookies if he stops wailing]
Me: Why do you want to rip?
Wren: I want to get it out.
Me: What do you need to do ripping?
Me: Well, when we get home I will give you scissors.
And this was only 5 minutes. Seriously, Wren is very opinionated at the moment.