Jonathan's English learning can bring up some very funny comments. The rest of us get to see what phrases we say the most, because those are the ones that he learns the easiest. It's all about repetition. One big thing that he hears from me very often is, "It doesn't matter." The reason for this repeated phrase is that Jonathan is big into comparisons.... you know, "Leslie's piece of cake is bigger than mine..." or "Justin's apple is bigger than mine..." or "Leslie's turn on the swing lasted for 10 minutes and my turn wasn't that long." Things like that.
Well, my reply is usually, "Jonathan, it doesn't matter. Your apple will probably be bigger next time. It doesn't matter. Your turn will probably be longer next time." And, most of the time, it is.... but he doesn't usually remember those times!!
In fact, the kids were letting him go first on so many things around here, that he somehow got it in his mind that going first was somehow getting the bad end of the deal. So, he started saying things like, "You kissed me first last night. Kiss Justin first tonight...." or "I went first in this game yesterday. Make Leslie go first today..." So, again, my reply was, "Jonathan, it doesn't matter!!!! It doesn't matter who is first... it just doesn't matter!!
So, I should not have been surprised in the least when this particular phrase entered his vocabulary!! It was still VERY funny when he used it the first time!
We were doing his spelling during school time. I called out a word, and he misspelled it. I told him, "Try again. You've got this word wrong." He looked at me and said very casually, "It doesn't matter." Ha Ha!! Well, ummm, lots of things don't matter, but this particular one does!
This has become our family's private joke whenever something doesn't go the way someone thinks it should. We look at each other with a sarcastic look and say, "It just doesn't matter!!" :)