"Mom, let's look for narwhals on your computer."
Thankfully, Mary Clare's teacher gave us a head's up that last week was the letter N and the animal they studied was the narwhal. Because otherwise yeah, between never hearing of a narwhal and Mary Clare's completely lovable tendency to mispronounce words, I would have been at a complete loss.
So I did a Google image search for narwhals, and we looked at pictures of narwhal while she told me about them.
"Now, let's see some where they move."
"You mean a video?"
So we watched a National Geographic Kids video about narwhals. With each fact the narrator stated, Mary Clare responded with a "I knew that," "Mrs. Porterfield said ..." or "Did you know that, mom?"
I did not. I didn't even know how to spell narwhal until Google was nice enough to correct the spelling for me in my search.
You learn the darnedest things from these kids. And I dare say, those five minutes with her on my lap, telling me all about narwhals, may have very well been the highlight of my day.
And then, while I typed this up while it was still fresh in my mind, she went ahead and drew me my very own picture of a narwhal.
I really love that girl sometimes.