Overheard: Two Four-Year-Old Girls at the Playground


I pull the double stroller up to the swings. Two young girls, maybe around four years old, are playing by the swing set. One of them has long brown hair and bangs. She is standing behind one of the baby swings pushing it roughly. The other has short blond hair and is wearing a white dress.  Following is their conversation. I’ve omitted my contributions, which were only extremely minimal.  

Brown-haired girl: Oh, man! That baby is going to take the baby swing. (Then, to me) My name is Madeline. 

My name is Nina. 

I wish my name was MadeLYN. I’m in Kindergarten. …wait, am I in Kindergarten? Or am I in nursery school?

This is my Easter dress.

I like that dress. … Is it your Easter dress, or is it your BUTT dress? 

(High pitched laughter from girl in dress) It’s my EASTER dress!

I HATE high school! High school is SO BORING! High school musical (singing). 

(High pitched laughter again)

I want to take my pants off up to my butt. (Both girls now sitting on the ground, swinging themselves around the base of swing set). 

I’m not wearing pants (girl in dress).

Let’s take our clothes off. 

I have Ariel on my underpants (announcing, generally. Then, to brown-haired girl) What kind of underpants are you wearing?

I’ll show you my underpants if you show me your underpants. 

How old are those babies? My brother’s name is Max. I’m not cute, Max is the cute one. 

Which one is older? … That means they were both in your belly at the same time? My mommy only had one baby in her belly. 

I don’t have a twin. 

I don’t have a twin. People say I’m like a twin with my brother, but he’s a BOY and I’m a GIRL. He has hazel eyes and I have hazel eyes. He has brown hair and I have brown hair. My daddy puts spikes in his hair. 

(Woman comes over and tells the girls it is almost time to leave)

This is my new best friend. (Looking at Dress Girl.) 

(Woman walks away again)

When my mommy tells me to do something I say, “Talkie Mama Rama Lama.” 

My Mommy’s name is Lisa. 

(Woman comes back again and the two girls leave with her)


…Names have been changed. I wonder what M and E will say when they can talk. 


20 thoughts on “Overheard: Two Four-Year-Old Girls at the Playground

  1. That is so cute. I can totally relate to this conversation. I have a four year-old granddaughter and a three year-old. When they get together, there is always something funny slipping out of their mouths. Nice post.

  2. Glad to see it’s not just boys who love “butt” talk. I can say this, you will be surprised at what will come out of their mouth. The playground is a good place to predict the future:)

  3. Little girls at this age are so confident and bubbly. We had a guy in to look at our cracked chimney yesterday, and Eva took him by the hand to show him some tadpoles in our garden. She catted away and he couldn’t get a word in! Your girls will be so chatty, wait and see. :o)

  4. Silly conversations like that start much earlier than 4. LOL. We’re already learning this from our boy who is 20 months. He may not speaking in full sentences, but his thoughts and our conversations are sometimes laughable all around.

    And, yes, unfortunately, “butt” talk happens everywhere and at all ages. In our house, no one gets away with a noisy fart without the boy pointing it out. :S

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