I have often followed Owen’s little excuses and explanations with a tart “Whatever!” Only humoring myself in the process as he has little idea what I mean by this. Today I gave him a command and we both knew it was ridiculous, he paused though to process and make sure I wasn’t serious in what I was telling him to do and responded with “However!”

I paused to think what it was he was trying to express, and then laughed hysterically when I realized he had gained proper command of the term “whatever” but had mistakenly used the word “however” instead. The inflection was perfectly sarcastic but it didn’t match the word at all. He didn’t know why I was laughing and I had to explain it to him but I thought it was cute. As long as he doesn’t respond to my very serious commands this way, we’ll be OK.