Another nighttime conversation with Ethan, as I am putting him to bed:
Ethan: Mom. There is mud all around the basement - right?
Ethan: So the basement is in the mud?
Me: Oh! Yes. The basement is under the ground - in the mud.
Ethan: How did it get there? Who made it?
Me: Well... when the house was built they dug a big hole and made a basement.
Ethan: Who dug the hole?
Me: The construction company.
Ethan: How many people dug the hole?
Me: Hummm... maybe four or five people?
Ethan: How do they dug a hole?
Me: They use a backhoe.
Ethan: What's a backhoe?
Me: It's a big shovel that sorta looks like this and digs like this. (I try to show him how a backhoe works using my hand as a big scoop - apparently it worked - he got it).
Ethan: Ooooooohhhh! I knowed what a backhoe is!
Me: Yeah! Great - this is how a backhoe digs up lots of mud and then it puts it in a dump truck.
Ethan: So isn't a backhoe yellow?
Me: Right. A backhoe is yellow.
Ethan: And it has some black on it?
Ethan: It has black letters on the side.
Ethan: Well... actually... the letters are yellow and there is black around the yellow letters.
(While he is explaining all this - he is using lots of hand movements - this helps a lot when discussing backhoes)
Me: Oh. Right.
Ethan: And there is sometimes a black oval next to it? On the side of the backhoe next to the letters?
Me: Uhm.... I don't know....
Ethan: Yes. There is.
Ethan: And the shovely part has those little things sticking out of it? Like little spikey thingys?
Me: Right! Exactly!
Ethan: What else can you tell me about the backhoe?
Me: Gosh - I think you've covered it.
Ethan: No. No. Remember? There is those handles that move like this where the person makes the backhoe shovel the mud. (he mimics controlling a backhoe)
Me: Oh right! You remember a lot of stuff about backhoes.
Ethan: Yes. Yes I do.
Ethan: We had a backhoe in our backyard once. Remember?
I am now shocked. That was three years ago when we added on to the house.
Me: Yes! How did you remember.
Ethan: 'Cause I knowed a lot about backhoes.