Isaac has been attending the peuterspeelzaal across the street. Pretty much all two and three year old Dutch kids attend a neighborhood nursery school for a morning or an afternoon a few days a week (each parent decides how often). He loves it, especially the autos (pronounced ow-toes in Dutch)--the riding toys. There are cars and fire trucks you sit on and push with your feet, lots and lots of tricycles that you pedal, a couple of scooters, and--the piece de resistance--a bicycle with training wheels. This appears to be a favorite item, especially among the three year olds. I've never seen a bicycle before at a preschool but, hey, this is Holland!
Yesterday Isaac had an American friend over. "Hey! Let's play autos (pronounced in the Dutch way)!"
The poor girl was utterly confounded. "What? What do you want to play?"
"Autos! Autos! We have two of them in the backyard."
"Ow-toes?" she asked, visibly perplexed.
"Yeah! Come on!"