Two quotes, different children

My 3-year-old son is playing on the hard floor of our living room with a wooden train set.

“Mama, I see an ant!”

[Mom is walking in from another room.]

“We need to make it dead.”

[He smashes the ant with a train.]

“Mama, we have to take it outside so it’s not dead in our house.”

[Side note: Although he gladly squashes insects, he is opposed to eating meat, so we've stopped using the words chicken and turkey at the dinner table.]

My 6-year-old daughter is reading a book when Mom received a phone call about an “impromptu short notice play date” with my daughter’s friend. For this quote, I’ve replaced her first name with Sister.

“Sister, would you like to have a play date with Jessie?”

“Mama, I’m reading.”

“SISTER! Would you like to have a play date with your friend Jessica?”

“Sure. When?”

“Right now. They’re coming over.”


“Can you put your book aside to play with your friend?”

“I’ll just read faster.”

[Doorbell rings]

<Sitting, reading in the living room.>

“Sister, get the door.”


“SISTER! Answer the door. Your friend is here!”

<angry growl, stomping to the door with book in hand>

She lightened up once her friend was in the room.


2 Responses to “Two quotes, different children”

  1. Ginger Watson says:

    I’ve been away from your blog for awhile and when I read this post tears sprang to my eyes — he is talking so well! I bet you guys have worked your tails off in support of your sweet boy. My hat’s off to you (and I’m so happy for him!!)

    May 31st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  2. Jason says:

    Sup, Thinga!
    That second one is the best. Just yesterday, my ‘Lil Gal had her friend over and at one point was stomping along behind her, arms outstretched in some sort of protest. Her tone was defensive and explaining her point of view. I was so adult, but I remember the topic being so basic. Fun stuff.
    Thanks for the post!


    June 3rd, 2011 at 5:40 am

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