Normally the things my three-year-old daughter and I like to do are very different. She likes to pretend she is a train and I like to curl up with a crossword. She likes to cook pretend soup in a wooden pot and I like to order take-out. She likes to read the same book over and over again and I like to toss out a magazine as soon as I am finished with it.
But then one day everything changed.
My computer was sitting on my kitchen counter and I happened to pull up my Pinterest boards while she was in the room.
Mazzy saw the pretty pictures populate the screen and asked me what I was looking at. I explained that it is called Pinterest and you just pin the pictures that you like the best.
“Can I pin something?”
Mazzy likes to pin mainly pink things, food things and and cute animals. Kind of exactly what you would expect from a three-year-old girl. She makes imaginative search requests (“Pink whales!” “Purple clouds!” “Elephant ice cream!”) and we see what comes up. Then she selects her favorite photo from the bunch.
But the best part is her comments. I try to write exactly what she says about each picture as my caption. Here are twenty of the pins from a board I call, “Mazzy’s Pins” with the search request she made to find it.
Search: Cat Pizzas 1 of 20
"Cat Pizzas!!!!!" (Yes, sometimes it is what it is, there is no need to elaborate.)
Search: Lollipop cake 2 of 20
"Do you know what? WE HAD THOSE AT GAVIN'S PARTY!!!!"
Search: Bunnies 3 of 20
"That's silly! It's a superhero bunny!"
Cat with Bubbles 4 of 20
"Do you want to see something funny? THAT'S FUNNY! Because that cat is wearing bubble glasses! Hahahaha. That's really funny!"
Search: Sunset 5 of 20
"It's a picture of a sun and clouds and a tree and silly birds. I like it but something is funny about it. A broccoli is a tree. Hahahahaha."
Search: Baby Elephants 6 of 20
"Look it's a baby inside an elephant! That's a costume. Maybe Harlow can be that elephant for Halloween. Now let's look up pink elephant ice cream!"
Search: Tinkerbell costumes 7 of 20
"I want to pin a Tinkerbell costume. That one! With the yellow hair! I am so excited. I couldn't even believe it."
Search: Teddy Bears 8 of 20
"It's a teddy bear of bread and things! Hahahaha!"
Search: Pink clouds in a pink sky 9 of 20
"I want to pin pink clouds. Pink clouds in a pink sky. Oh, yeah."
Search: Ernie and Bert 10 of 20
Mazzy: "Look! Bert and Ernie! Is that Bert and Ernie? I think Bert is made out of cheese and Ernie is made out of orange." Me: "I think Bert is a banana." Mazzy: "No, it's cheese. It's really cheese."
Search: Ranibow Sprinklers 11 of 20
"Rainbow Sprinklers!!!!!" (That's what Mazzy calls "sprinkles").
Search: Buggies 12 of 20
"Look at these! I don't like those things."
Search: Dogs with shirts on 13 of 20
"I want to pin a doggie with a shirt on. THAT ONE STANDING UP!!!! Hahahaha. He's standing up."
Search: Pink Pumpkins 14 of 20
"Let's look for PINK EVERYTHING. Oh I like that one because it has an M on it. An M for Mazzy!!!"
Search: Pink telephone 15 of 20
"I want to do telephones. Pink telephones. I said PINK TELEPHONES!!! Yeah. I love that one. It's all pink because it is. Now let's PLAY telephones."
Search: A Flower with a Poopie on Top 16 of 20
Mazzy: "Let's look up a green flower with a poopie on top." Me: "How about just a green flower?" Mazzy: "How about a poop flower?" Me: "Okay..." Mazzy: "Look at that one! I think it's a dog taking a poop on top of a flower."
Search: Silly Dogs 17 of 20
Mazzy: "I see something I like. What's his name?" Me: "Charlie Brown." Mazzy: "Charlie Brown. That's my favorite."
Search: Chocolate Cookies 18 of 20
"That's a bicycle made out of chocolate! That's FUNNY!"
Search: Silly Banana 19 of 20
Mazzy: "Look at that banana! That has feet and eyes and hands and a mouth!" Me: "I think it's a dolphin." Mazzy: "NO, IT'S NOT A DOLPHIN!!" Me: "Then what is it then?" Mazzy: "It's a banana."
Search: Minnie Mouse 20 of 20
"Minnie and Mickey Mouse! They're doing noses!!! I'm done pinning."