As I've mentioned here before, one of Barak and Iyyar's favorite walk destinations is the mat room. The mat room is located inside the J, which also houses, among other things, a gym for grownups. Last Sunday, we were talking (we being me and Barak) about all going to the J so we could go to the mat room, but Barak opted instead to play in his pajamas all morning, and letting him do so seemed to me an option infinitely preferable to forcing him to get dressed so I could go push a stroller for a mile in the snow and freezing cold. Abba, however, wanted to go work out, so after davening he headed out to the J on his own. After the door closed, Barak felt a pang of regret.
"Where's Abba going?"
"He's going to the J."
"Hiss going to the J by hisself?"
Pause while Barak considers this.
"He wants to go to the gym."
"He wants to go to the gym by himself?"
"He likes going to the gym."
"I sink iss not gonna work."
"What do you mean, it's not going to work?"
"I sink Abba is too big."
"He's too big? Why is he too big?"
"I sink hiss too big for da tunnel."
Ohhh. The tunnel in the baby play equipment in the mat room.
"No, sweetie, Abba's not going to go play in the mat room. He's going to the gym. That's in the J, but it's different. You've never been in there."
"What's Abba gonna do dere?"
"He's going to work out. He's going to..." How do I explain "work out"? "He's going to lift a lot of heavy things, and then he's going to run around a lot and get hot and tired."
Barak stared. Then he burst out laughing, because clearly I was just messing with him, because Abba NEVER runs around. Abba sits on the couch. With books.