Monday, October 20, 2008

If I put my hand on the top of his head and push down real hard, will it keep him from growing up?

Scene in my car on Saturday afternoon as my nine-year-old and I are waiting for the stoplight to change. Three random boys about his age are crossing the street in front of us in the busy intersection.

James: Who are those kids?

Me: Why would I know that?

James: (Heaves a big sigh) It was a rhetorical question.

Me: Oh.

James: (Heaves another big sigh.)

And I thought I wasn't going to be lame 'til he was like, thirteen.


LisAway said...

Oh my. What a precocious little guy. Love your title. I don't think it will work, though. So sorry!

My kids are constantly rolling their eyes at me. Fortunately it's usually only when I'm being dorkier than usual, like singing a really lame made up song very loud and opera-y or jumping around like an idiot.

Kimberly said...

Isn't he too young to know words like rhetorical?!

Annette Lyon said...

Mine IS 13. It's been a sad awakening. I didn't used to be able to humiliate him just by being his mother and saying motherly things.

Oh, and I've tried the pushing on the head thing. Doesn't work.

*MARY* said...

I had to look up the word rhetorical at

Heather of the EO said...

This title makes me want to weep. But I'm weepy today so maybe it's just me...

Um, HOW OLD IS HE AGAIN??? What a little smarty pants!

Aubrey said...

You should be feeling pretty darn good about yourself. Your nine-year old can use the word 'rhetorical' in a sentence!

Melanie J said...

Okay,'s the rest of the story.

I laugh.

James: Why are you laughing?

Me: Because you said rhetorical.

James: Isn't a rhetorical question one that you ask but you don't expect someone to answer?

Me: Yes.

James: Then what's so funny?

Me: Nevermind.

So, yeah. He's precocious but that definition has my husband's fingerprints all over it. Leave it to James to remember everything he hears, though.

Melanie J said...

Oh! Update! Apparently I'm the one who taught him that definition so it was my fault. Good thing he's dang funny, that James.

And my two comments don't count!

charrette said...

I have a similarly precocious 9-year-old. It's a bane and a blessing. But mostly I just love him too much to care what he thinks of me.

Shellie said...

is your post title considered "rhetorical"

Alison Wonderland said...

No you don't push down, you just stop feeding them don't you know that?
I spent the weekend at my sister's and your picture is on their fridge, along with baby G's birth announcement, and HOLY CROW what an announcement it is, that thing's amazing! Anyway, Hi.