Diapers and Dragons

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Whoever Said Turnabout Is Fair Play Didn't Have a Three-Year-Old

So if you were a good blog-reader and read my post a couple posts down, you'll recall that I am starting to sound alarmingly like a (*gasp*) Christian mommy these days. The resistance, it is eroding. That post is for another day, though.

However, DramaBoy's increasing familiarity with the Bible and the Judeo-Christian ethos means that he, in his great intelligence and verbal acumen, is starting to apply the same methods to me. For his own purposes, and sometimes for manipulative reasons. I have NO idea where he might have gotten that from. *Ahem.* His application tends to be rather broad, since he still doesn't grasp the fine details of specific situations.

This morning I was talking sternly to The Widget about some misdemeanor or another that I don't recall. DramaBoy was sitting on my lap, and he turned to me and said firmly You're supposed to listen to God.

That's right, I replied.

But you're not listening to God! he insisted.

What do you mean? I asked.

You're yelling at The Widget! he said, a stern and forbidding look creasing his brow.

I held back a chuckle. I'm not really yelling at him, I said. Sometimes when he doesn't listen or obey me, I have to tell him "No." I'm allowed to do that. It's like when we don't listen to or obey God and he has to tell us "No."

He looked disappointed. So much for being able to get out of verbal discipline.

I'm in trouble when he's a teen, aren't I?

5 bits of love:

mom said...

Okay, I admit I love this. I'm far away, sitting interminably in an airport, and I still get in on the morning's drama and the machinations of DramaBoy. Yes, you're in trouble when he's a teen, and maybe before that. :) But you're going to have a lot of fun along the way too. And maybe someday he'll be using his way with words like you do, too. Since the curse has landed. I'm taking that word very broadly. After all, the original comment was extremely general and applicable in many ways. Du courage!

Kathleen said...

I just love your writing, TeacherMommy. One of my favorite quotes is Lucy Calkin's: "I write to hold what I find in my life in my hands and declare it a treasure." You paint the details in just such a way as to create what you find in your life a treasure for all of us.

Eric said...

Not a Christian mommy!

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha! wow, if only that worked every time someone yelled at me :)

Anonymous said...

p.s. anonymous is your sister. I forgot to put that in the comment.

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