Mom : What is this? *show a piece of bra*
Baby : Nen Nen snah (Hokkien for breast clothes?)
Mom : This is a brassiere. A bra!! Say BRA.
Baby : BLAAAA
Mom : *roll tongue to emphasise the r sound* BRRRRRRRA
Baby : BRA
Mom : Clever boy…..
Baby : BRA BRA BRA
Mom : What is bra for?
Baby : *pointing to ‘objects’ on mommy* Nen Nen
Mom : Clever….Bra is for nen nen.
Baby : *clap hands to indicate he is smart*
Mom : What is nen nen for?
Baby : *looks blank*
Mom : Nen Nen is for milk. Nen Nen gives milk. But mommy no more milk liao because baby eats rice now. Remember? Nen Nen gives milk for babies.
Next time…we learn the differences between panties and underwears. Wei, parent teaching children about parts of the bodies and also names of undergarments is so right, ok?
Yesterday night, my neighbour and his wife were standing near the bras display at Sunshine Hypermarket. The wife is talking to a friend. I was carrying toddler and passed by after giving a smile to the neighbour. And whaddaya know? Toddler did not say hello at uncle (like what I whispered into his ears) but instead, put out his hands and swipe the rows of colourful bras hanging there and scream loudly, “Mama nen nen snah!!!!”