I’ve said it before: When life gets you down and it’s hard to get back up, the best medicine is often the things you hear from children. My kids prove it all the time. Here are fresh examples.
–Duncan, after listening to a couple minutes of the 360s song “Deadpan Superstar,” which I have playing on my laptop: “Why the heck would anyone write about a dust pan superstar?”
–Sean and Duncan have replaced high-fives with “high butts,” where they jump in the air and crash butts.
–I now say the following before each sentence directed at the kids: “Thanks in advance for not whining.” It works half of the time.
–Erin is making me and the kids pay 50 cents whenever we leave a light on. Now the runts are teaming up to blame me for every light left on.
–Sean just informed me that he “Just released something nasty from my nasty spot.” Yeah. Nasty indeed.
–I get home and the kids delight in telling me how Erin had to put money in the curse jar for saying a bad word. I ask for hints on what the word was and get this in response: Duncan: “She said d-a-m-m-i-t.” Sean: “You forgot the M, stupid.”
–Sean: “I’m doing this (chore) under protest.” My response: “Aint it grand to live in a country where you can protest without getting shot?”
–My kids get some sensitivity training, Def Leppard style.http://lnkd.in/eP97HE
–Says Sean: “Little Red Riding Hood was a stupid little girl who should have been eaten by a wolf. They made a PG-13 movie about her.”
–The kids requested Cheap Trick for the ride to see Dad and Thin Lizzy for the ride home. My rock n roll child corruption program proceeds apace.
–Sean get’s an education about OCD:
The setting: Our living room, where Sean and Duncan are folding laundry under my supervision. I’m nagging at the kids to get the job done. No getting distracted, I tell them. No complaining. Just get the chore done.
Sean: “Dad, is this your OCD acting up?”
Me: “What do you mean?”
Sean: “You insisting that we get this done right now. Are you having an OCD moment?”
Me: “No. If I were having an OCD moment, I’d get off this couch and finish folding the laundry myself, and I’d be crazy over it because I had to jump in and do it. In this case, I’m making you guys finish the job, and I’m nagging because you two will get distracted otherwise. Then I’ll have to keep staring at the pile of clothes on the floor.”
Sean: “I wish you were having an OCD moment.”
–“Not Christianary.” Sean’s term for doing or saying something that’s naughty.
–Me: “Sean, stop picking on your brother.” Sean: “But Dad, I haven’t picked on him for…minutes.”