I am still in school-mode and mention something about grammar and using past tense to my husband, who’s trying to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in less than twenty-four hours.
Like my husband, my son William ignores my grammar comment; instead, he continues building his Lego armoury.
Vivian, however, looks up from her Lego school. “What’s past tense?” she asks.
I explain using examples. “I eat a banana when I’m hungry,” I say. “But yesterday I…”
Vivian fills in the blank. “Ate a banana.”
I smile and continue with a second example. “Today I drive my car, ” I say. “But yesterday I…”
“Drove my car,” she says.
Clearly fearing that I’m going to offer examples until bedtime, Vivian says, “You sound like my teacher.”
It doesn’t sound like a compliment. I look up and catch my husband rolling his eyes in mock annoyance at my teacher-self.
“Do you know what past tense is?” I ask him.
“Yeah,” he says. “I was married. I was happy before I got married.”
Any grammar errors that annoy you?
Do you do crosswords? Sudokus? sarcasm?
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