Friday, October 12, 2007

Indicators

An indication that a hair appointment should quickly be scheduled:

Eldest: Mommy, why does your hair change colors?
Me: What do you mean?
Eldest: Well...in some places it's brown and in some places it's yellow. Yuck.

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An indication that positive reinforcement can be over-utilized:

Grandma E (my mom): Eldest, did you eat breakfast yet before your football game?
Eldest: No. I'm bringing an orange and a banana to eat in the car.
Grandma E: Good job!
Eldest (turning to me, rolling his eyes and muttering in disgust): Why does Grandma tell me good job when I haven't even done anything?

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An indication that spelling no longer works in the Trenches:

My friend (who was visiting during a playdate): So-and-so can be a real B-I-T-C-H. (she spelled it)
Me: (making eye contact with her and gesturing towards Eldest, who was sitting at the table with us, squinting his eyes, brows furrowed in concentration)
Eldest: Buyyyy-tch....,no,.....bitch!
Eldest: Bitch! What's that mean?
Me: Hey, who wants lunch?!

18 comments:

tulipmom said...

Yeah, my days of spelling things out are numbered here, too.

Have a great weekend!

Mom of 5 said...

Yep, there is a point when they get too smart for OUR own good!!!

painted maypole said...

wow. just wait till eldest takes that one to school! ;)

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

S-h-*-t! Too bad the power of spelling is gone!

Angela said...

lol

ali said...

i remember watching who's the boss once and this little kid says to angela:
"i like your hair. it's like mommy's - except - it's black on the bottom"
and then angela, mortified, says
"well, that's the way it grows!"

ha! i loved that! i always say it to my kids when they make comments about my roots...

slouching mom said...

I love love love the grandma snippet -- too funny!

Deb said...

Literate kids are nothing but trouble.

MadMad said...

HA, HA! It is horrible when we lose the spelling ability... next comes the time when they start going to bed at the same time as you, too - then you NEVER have a shot at saying ANYTHING you don't want them to hear....

Feener said...

Eldest is smart. I still can not spell.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

So sad about losing the spelling 'code'.

My hair changes color too.

Southern Fried Girl said...

What does bitch mean? That's classic. It could have been way worse.

Patois said...

We've tried a work-around: spelling really quickly. Damn kids have become speed spellers.

blue milk said...

Wow, Eldest is smart as a whip. Unfortunately for you.

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

OMG. I spelled that word this very morning! Waiting for a phone call from school....

Lainey-Paney said...

those all made me laugh!

Iota said...

As a Brit newly arrived in the States, it amuses me to hear women talk of their gynaecologists as their OB/GYNs. I'm so sure this is the result of generations of mothers wanting to talk about the subject, but having to spell the word in order that their kids don't ask "what's a gynaecologist?" Am I right?

Cherann said...

dialogue #3 is classic. I'm certainly not looking forward to the times when I can't spell.

Maybe I should make my husband learn spanish or something. That way if she figures it out then it's kinda cool because she'll know spanish. Is that weird logic?

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