One Minnesotan verbal thing Toby has picked up (apart from saying Minnessooodah like a true local) is the command “lookit!” Emma and I have tried and failed at getting him to say “look at it!” instead but it’s just not working. I thought it was just something kids say, but the more I listen to my local friends and co-workers, the more I realize it’s a local turn of phrase I had completely missed until now.

Toby used it quite effectively last night – he came through to our room about 5:30am but didn’t shut the door properly, and after a few minutes it creaked open on account of the windy weather outside (of course it was outside). Toby whispered spookily “Daddy – lookit! Who’s coming in?”

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