Mighty Red Pen

July 24, 2008

Like burning halava

Filed under: At home with MRP,Kidspeak — mighty red pen @ 7:13 pm
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While we’re on the subject of mondegreens, this one was overheard on a walk in MRP’s neighborhood.

S. (age 5): Mom! We have to run by this house!
MRP: Okay! We do? Why?
S.: Because the leaves on those bushes are made of halava!
MRP: They are? Oh my goodness. [pause] What’s halava?
S.: It’s like fire! It will burn you! Halava! Run!
MRP [pondering a moment]: Do you mean hot lava?
S.: Yes! Run!

Note to self: Only known volcano in Metrowest Boston area may be located directly around the corner from MRP’s house.


  1. I grew up in Mount Ayr; at college-age, in an attempt to jerk someone’s chain, I told him my hometown was the site of Iowa’s only volcano.

    He believed me.

    Just didn’t want you to think you were the only one w/ a volcanic neighborhood.

    The highlight of the trip to Hawai’i, for me was seeing the REAL volcano (but no real lava).

    Here’s what halava looks like when it has cooled:

    broken lava at Kilauea Iki

    Comment by TootsNYC — July 25, 2008 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  2. Oh, and this was cracking me up:
    “They are? Oh my goodness. [pause] What’s halava?”

    Don’t we just do that? We react the way they want us to, even when we have NO idea.

    Comment by TootsNYC — July 25, 2008 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  3. Don’t let the company issuing your homeowner’s insurance know…

    Comment by David — July 28, 2008 @ 9:17 am | Reply

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