Saturday, January 30, 2010

You're Killing Me, Kid!

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Yesterday, I had my fun quarterly girls' night out with some friends from when I volunteered at an animal shelter before I had children. As a side note, 312 Chicago is on my good list. Yum!

Needless to say, I had to catch the train to get downtown before I would normally be home on Fridays. Fortunately my husband was able to help out. The plan was for me to drop Little Miss off at his school in time for him to pick up Mister Man at his school in time for them all to get to Mister Man's vision therapy appointment. After vision therapy, Mister Man had the brand new Magic Treehouse book waiting for him at the library, so they were to stop there on the way home.

My husband's usual Friday? He worked at school on lesson plans and grading and such. Then he came home and hung out alone until I got home, at which point he'd help me put the wee ones to bed.

I packed a little bag for my husband, and as we were driving to my husband's school, I reviewed it with Little Miss.

Me: Alright, Peanut. Your dinner is in here, so make sure you eat that before vision therapy because there's no more food when you get home. You have your non-dairy pizza, and Mister Man has chicken and biscuits. I packed you some tangelos and carrots and a granola bar, too, if you're really hungry.
Little Miss: Can I have the tangelo now?
Me: No, you have to share it with Mister Man. Now, I also have your registration form and the check for school next year. Daddy has to take it into the office and turn it in, or you won't be able to go there next year. It's due today. I also put Mister Man's library card in here so that he can check out the book that's on hold for him. Make sure Daddy remembers to stop at the library to get that book and so you can get your fifth star upstairs.
Little Miss: I will. Mommy? She paused with an oh-so-innocent question.
Me: Yes, Peanut?
Little Miss: Is this why he chose to be a daddy instead of a mommy?
Me: Why Daddy chose to be a daddy? I'm puzzled but intrigued here.
Little Miss: Yeah. He's doesn't know how to do this stuff. That's why he chose to be a daddy instead so he doesn't have to learn how to do all the mommy stuff.

Oh. Ummm. Sure, yes. That's why he chose to be a daddy. Actually I couldn't respond. I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my face and almost had to pull over.


Regina January 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

I like the way she thinks! Pure genius!

Connie January 31, 2010 at 12:23 AM  

That's adorable. Did she mention the inability to multi-task too?

WeaselMomma January 31, 2010 at 6:07 AM  

That is hysterical. In years past we have had comments similar in nature around here.
Does Little Miss understand what a type A person you are?

Tara R. January 31, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

She's brilliant... and very intuitive.

Keys to the Magic Travel January 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

When I went out of town last week for book club I had to leave such a detailed list for my husband it was ridiculous. I guess I just know what to do...for him, if I didn't write it down, it didn't happen.

I have a friend that says the only multitasking men can do is to read and go to the toilet...

Karen January 31, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

And how sad is it that you're putting a small child in charge of telling daddy how to run things? Men are all alike.

Anonymous January 31, 2010 at 2:03 PM  

Genius! Pure genius. I suspect you have just saved her a few years of frustration.

Michelle February 1, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

Regina - Yeah... she may not be the most book smart kid I have, but oh is she street smart! ;)

Connie - Ummm no. I haven't yet taught her that concept, but give it time....

WeaselMomma - I don't think so. But between me and Mister Man, I'm pretty sure she'll figure it out soon. Not that she doesn't have her own Type A traits.

Tara - Isn't she though? So my daughter ;)

Kat - Now that is a good way of looking at it. I'll have to remember that one.

Karen - Welll, I was going to tell him, too, but he needs more reminders than just the one I give and then need to leave. And it all worked!

Nichole - Oh I don't know. I think there's plenty of frustration to go around. But again, it worked out well, so how can I complain?

septembermom February 1, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

I would've been laughing too!

Michelle February 1, 2010 at 9:13 PM  

Kelly - Oh c'mon. None of your kids have ever said anything like that? There's no "would've" - you've been there!

Claudya Martinez February 2, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

She's already figured it out.

Alexis AKA MOM February 2, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

Too freaking funny I would have been on the floor!

Michelle February 20, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

Unknown Mami - She has, hasn't she? It's going to be a long life.

Michelle February 20, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

Alexis - Oh, I pretty much was. The only thing that really stopped me was the fact that I was driving at the time.

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