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O Meu João (My João)

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

 

(walking home from pre-school with our friend, Caitlin)

Molly: O meu João (my João) can jump off this step. (Molly jumps off the step)

Me: Oofta!

Molly O meu João (my João) is not gonna believe this! Did you see me do that?!

Caitlin: Is João your friend at school?

Molly: O meu João (my João) is my best friend. O meu João (my João) can climb up this fence then race me then jump up into the sky!

Me: Whoa!

Molly: Yah! (climbing up on to a large granite bench and jumping fearlessly off) O meu João (my João) can jump down like that.

Me: So can you! Well done.

Molly: O meu João (my João) jumps so high! (dashing up a neighbor building’s front steps) O meu João (my João) is not gonna believe I can do this. Watch me mama, watch me I’m brave. (jumps down two steps that walks the last step like a light rope walker)

Me: I bet you have fun playing with him.

Molly: He’s my number one babe.

Caitlin: (instant laughter)

Me: (coughs)

Molly: Watch this! (skirting a ledge of marble outside a dry cleaners)

Me: (to Caitlin) Did she say João was her…? Wait what?

Caitlin: She said either babe or bae.

Me: I don’t even know what bae is!

Caitlin: Bae is João that’s what bae is.

Molly: (running ahead, declaring for all to hear) O meu João (my João) is my number one babe!

Me: (watching her go, curls bouncing) She said babe.

Caitlin: She sure did.

 

*BAE is new slang, short for babe, but also an acronym for Before Anyone Else.