The answer to the question in the title is, ‘It depends’.

We spent our Fourth of July weekend happily splashing in our swimming pool. While bobbing innocently on a pink pool noodle, I experienced the downside of Calvin’s ‘impressive vocabulary’ that everyone keeps remarking about.

He took it into his head to throw an elephant watering can, sorry, ‘potion bottle,’ across the pool. Good fortune had it that the pool was all but empty at the time, so it landed harmlessly.

“No throwing!” I chastised him, as did the lifeguard.

“Do you understand?”

“Yes, no throwing.”

Not five minutes later, he did it again.

“I’m going to have to take this away, Calvin. You know you are not allowed to throw it.”

“But I didn’t throw it!” he protested. “I tossed it.”

“Throwing and tossing are the same thing.”

“I just flung it!”


“Actually, I just kind of arced it through the air.”

“No, that’s same thing.”

“Maybe I just jettisonned it?”

One of those moments when you know you shouldn’t let the corners of your mouth twitch upward, but it’s so darn hard not to!


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