21 September 2009

“Moony” for Snack

It has become our every day ritual when Zoë comes home from school for me to ask how her day went, if she had fun, what she did, what she had for a snack at school.

Her answers don’t vary much. Our after-school conversations generally go like this:

Did you have fun at school?
What did you do today?
Uhm, play.

Whom did you play with?
Boys and gehls.
What did you have for a snack today?
Ah, bread (or crackers). And water (or milk or OJ).

Last Friday was no different, except that Zoë told me, “Dwink owange juice and eat ‘moony.’   I asked her a couple more times to make sure I heard right. Both times she said “Moony” clearly and without hesitation. Then I asked her again what she ate. She started to say “Moon..” but stopped and then looked at me. “I don’t know, Mommy.” Aw, Mommy, get off my back. How many times do I have to repeat myself?

I decided to let it drop. I had thought that she might be referring to mooncakes, considering that the Mid-Autumn Festival is fast-approaching, but quickly discarded the idea, because: (1) Mooncakes are not cheap; (2) They’re not exactly healthy and not the type of food that nurseries would be giving out as snacks.

Image: Wikipedia

In the afternoon, I called up the school and talked to her classroom teacher to ask about some other things, but before we put down the phone, I decided to find out what “Moony” was. I asked her what they had for snacks. Note: This entire conversation was in Cantonese. So when Ms. L told me tung fan, it didn’t immediately click.

When I finally realized that tung fan was macaroni, I couldn’t help but burst out laughing! Yeah, Zoë loves her mac-and-cheese, but she insisted that her “moony” at school did not have cheese.

I taught her to say macaroni properly and she got it after two tries. So, when Chris came home, I asked her to tell him what she had at school, she proudly said, “Mac-a-roneee and owange juice!”


blueviolet said...

That is just the cutest story! She caught on to that big word so quickly too!

Veronica Lee said...

LOL, another cute overload :D

Anonymous said...

What a perfect mom story--whoever thought we could put "detective" on our to-do list! If something needs to be gotten to the bottom of. . . call mom!

a Tonggu Momma said...

They don't tell you when you are about to become a momma that you will ALSO become a detective.

Jennifer said...

LOL! I love it! And I looove mooncakes! Mmmm!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

No cheese in the moony?

How many languages do you speak? That's amazing that she is comprehending at such a young age. She's one smart cookie!

Alicia said...

Aww! That's so cute! It's funny how kids think how they say something is really how it sounds!!

Lindy said...

I've never had a mooncake but love me some macaroni!

Cute story.

golonghorns said...

I'm training my young-uns to say this in Canadian! They caught on to "Kraft dinner" pretty quickly! Too cute, what a fun story.

Nezzy said...

Your story like Miss Zoe are just too precious!

ANSWER TO BLOG: A dolly sometimes called hand truck is an upright device on wheels that you can slide under a load and push it to its destination instead of carrying it. You often see the soda truck men using them.

Now, you can enlighten me on mooncakes. I am familiar with moonpies but they look nothing like what is pictured here. So here I am sittin' in the middle of the Ponderosa confused and perplexed. (usually doesn't take much..LOL)

You have yourself one great Monday and God Bless!!!

Aunt LoLo said...

Hahahaha...Mmm. Love me some tung fun. (But I'm always STARVING afterwards. It's just veg, water and noodles! LOL)

My family (the american one) LOVES mooncakes. We always pick up a box in Seattle when we visit in late Summer, and my mother eats them for breakfast. Lo Gung's auntie brought us a box of Mei Sum mooncakes this year, with CRAZY flavors. Green tea, coffee, walnut, macadamia nut...I can't wait to try the new nut flavors!

LPC said...

We still use some of my daughter's baby food words. It can sound a little odd, grown people asking for some shish and teepahs when they mean fish and potatoes...

Cascia said...

What a cute story. I love the age when children start developing their language skills. Their little brains are like sponges.

Theta Mom said...

So cute. We have the same conversation about what my son did at school in my house, too! It's always one word answers. Seriously, what did you do kid???

Dorothy said...

OMG this grandma is still laughing I swear what I hear from my grandchildren cracks me up.

Dorothy from grammology

Dandy said...

Ha, this is too funny because yesterday a customer of our gave us mooncakes and I was thinking of doing a post on them. Very cool looking!

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