Daddy got AJ a pocket knife as a gift before our camping trip this past weekend. Admittedly, I was a wee nervous about handing my 5 year old a pocket knife but I also firmly believe that children are far more capable than we give them credit. I remember whittling away at wood with a knife when I was a little girl. Is it possible that she will cut herself? Of course. But its also possible for her to injure herself in a number of other ways just running around being a kid. So pocket knife she has with a good dose of knife safety lessons and under the watchful eye of her parents. *No, she is not allowed to tout her knife around. Its for camping and its put up until the next trip.*
Anyhow, she was practicing how to use her pocketknife, whittling away at a stick.
Me: Knot? The knot in the wood?
AJ: Yes, the nut in the wood. I am scraping off the bark around it to get to the tree zap.
Me: What? The tree sap?
AJ: Yes, the tree zap.
Me: Sap as in S-A-P. Ssssssss...ap.
AJ: Yep. Tree ZAP. I'm scraping off the nut to get to the tree zap.