My dear DF is working on his conversational skills. Often while we are in the car, he'll say to me "can I talk to you, daddy?". I tell him 'yes', of course. And then the conversation goes like this:
Me: What should we talk about?
DF: Polar bears.
Me: Ok. What about them? What do they eat?
Me: And what do they drink?
And we soon run out of things to say about polar bears. Actually, we ran out a long time ago but he isn't very good about thinking up new topics. (Btw, I told him that around Christmas time they drink Coca-Cola and he misunderstood that as 'cocoa'.) The other day I tried to mix things up:
DF: Can I talk to you daddy?
Me: Yes, but we should talk about something different. Let's talk about . . . cars.
DF: (unsure) Ok.
Me: Do you have a favorite kind of car?
Me: What is it?
DF: It's a secret.
Me: A secret?
DF: Yes. (pause) And a surprise!
Me: (laughing) Ok, how about mama, does she have a favorite car?
DF: Yes. (pause) And it's also a secret and a surprise.
Someday he'll tell me and then I'll share it with you folks.