Kids Say The Dandiest Things
I used to love the show, “Kids Say The Darnedest Things.” It’s true. They do.
It started when the 4-year-old was messing with the baby’s jumper (while baby was in it). He kept yanking it closer and closer to the edge of the deck toward the stairs. God only knows what that boy had in mind. (Yank) – I told him it’s not a toy. (Yank) – I told him to stop. (Yank) – I’m not going to tell you again. Of course, he just had to test his boundaries with me… (yank). I went over, moved the jumper back, walked him into the house, put him on the couch and said, “Don’t move!” He looks up at me defiantly and says, “You don’t scare me.” I said, “I’m not trying to scare you. I’m trying to get your attention. You were putting your brother in danger and you weren’t listening to me when I told you to stop. So I had to find a way to GET YOUR ATTENTION. Now sit there while I attend to your bother.”
After I got the baby fed and off to sleep I went to the living room where, to my astonishment, his brother was still sitting on the couch. I told him, “Go put on your pajamas while I make your snack and then we’ll eat our snack and watch a cartoon before bed.” Well that didn’t quite go as smoothly as I’d envisioned. He did manage to get halfway into his pj’s and just got frustrated that the TV was not on, “Turn it on. Turn IT on. Turn it ON. TURN IT ON!” When I wouldn’t respond he came into the kitchen, looked me square in the eye, raised his brow and asked, “Do I need to get your attention?”
It was all I could do not to burst out laughing. That laugh wanted to come out so bad my eyes started to water. But I knew if I’d laughed, that power would have been lost. I managed to hold it in long enough to point to the living room and have him turn and leave the kitchen. Once his attention was averted, I laughed and chuckled about it for a bit. Perplexed, he asks, “Why are you laughing?” I smiled and said, “Oh, because life is just funny sometimes and you have to laugh about it.”
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