07 July 2008

A conversation with D-: I believe I can fly

Because I have to run, here's another blog post that wrote itself. I can't thank that kid enough for his conversational skills.

D-: Daddy! Watch! Watch!

Me (turning to see him crouched on the couch, ready to pounce): Don't jump on the couch.

D-: I'm NOT gonna jump. I'm gonna fly!

Me: Don't fly on the couch.

D-: I'm not gonna fly ON the couch, I'm gonna fly OVER the couch.

Me: ... And land on what?

D-: The blanket.

Me: Which is on...?

D-: The couch...

Me: ... Don't do it.

He later did it anyway and got in trouble, but let's instead focus on this whimsical evidence of his impressive grasp of the manipulation of semantics, which one day may rival my own.*


* This may give you a hint at how I got my nickname.

17 comments:

Chris said...

All I can say is that you have to love how a kids' mind works...thanks for a good laugh!

TerriRainer said...

I wanna fly too! If I tried though, I'd break something...furniture or my damn hip!

:) Terri

Christy said...

I love it! "...which is on" "The couch." "Don't do it."

I'm laughing, but know that those words have been uttered in my house over a million times during various acrobatic attempts. :)

Rikki said...

I now have THAT song in my head! Damn you! ;)

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

CLASSIC! Love it.

Andrea's Sweet Life said...

What is it about that age that turns kids into mini-lawyers? They always read the fine print.

jakelliesmom said...

What I'm learning now with my (practically) six year old is how to counter when I give a statement (don't do it) and he counters with, "but I want to." As if "but I want to" could actually convince me that jumping off the couch was a reasonable thing to do.

Always Home and Uncool said...

Thing 2 is the lawyer to be in our house. "But you said six days ago while we were watching 'Zack & Cody' that if it rained at 7:33 a.m. in Bismark ..." But he can't remember whether put his underwear on in the morning. Oy!

TLC said...

I have one of those really literal kids. He splits hairs, and damn if he isn't within the letter of the law. I have to be very clear with him just what I expect.

T.

Heather said...

Brilliant!! Being so literal will serve him very well later in life.

Middle Aged woman said...

We have an amulance chaser in town whose number is 1-800-Call-Sam. We have adapted it for 16-year-old-Boy who too often reminds me of Greg Brady: "Those were your EXACT words."

'That Girl' said...

Dude, bring my son back..

ali said...

I write down a lot of conversations I have with my 2 boys, too, to prove to them when they are teenagers that we CAN actually converse:)

Laggin said...

Um, I think there is a return joke in here somewhere . . . like, it appears you are raising a second Bill Clinton!

Touche, Mr. Literal.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

While I can appreciate the literal as I'm the same way, there is a time and a place. There is also the spirit of the law vs. the letter of the law. But.. we all know why kids are saying what they are saying. It is to manipulate the adults! And they will do whatever it takes, including asking you 147 times for permission until you give in because they know how to wear you down until you give in!

Or not. And so what if they get into trouble?! That's later!

:)

- Margaret

Tierd said...

This makes me nervous about having a boy. My 3 year old daughter is extremely cautious - our 11 month old son is already capable of more daring feats than his sister. I cannot imagine him at 4 years old ... I picture us earning our own parking spot in front of the ER.

LiteralDan said...

Apparently, my son is no aberration-- he's just a card-carrying member of the Hyper-Literal Future Lawyers of America club (HLFLA).