Language -- it's all fingers and thumbs
He’s four years old.
Have you forgotten that four-year-olds
know things which grown-ups have forgotten ?
But when you’re four years old
it’s difficult to explain to them
why they’re wrong..
let him explain as best he can :
‘A thumb isn’t a finger !’
how many more times
does he have to tell you.. ?
Look .... four fingers, they’re for fingery things;
and a thumb, right ? That’s for thumby things.
So how can a thumb also be a fifth finger ?
And then you grown-downs wonder
how your children get screwed-up.
You can’t even talk your own language.
You want him to grow up a reasonable person
and when he uses reason for the first time...
He thumbs his nose at you. A thumb is no use
for fingering bogies. That
comes after you've caught one. QED.