Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Family History: Hold Your Horses!

I've now updated this post.  The video should come through now.

I once heard the hour before dinner referred to as the "arsenic hour."  Any mom recognizes the challenge of putting food on the table while simultaneously (or as I once inadvertently, yet accurately, said, "same-ul-time-ously") trying to meet the attention-demands of the children--demands which grow with the grumbles of the kids' tummies.  Words spoken during meal preparation too often are sprinkled with arsenic rather than sugar. 

One evening, twenty-some  years ago, I stood in my little kitchen of our small condo.  I don't remember what I was fixing, but I do remember that oldest son--then about 2 years old--remained my constant companion, asking question after question, making request after request.  Finally, I told him, "Just hold your horses."  

Miraculously, he scurried off happily.  The demands stopped, cold-turkey.  I couldn't believe my luck.  I finished dinner preparations.  As I brought the food to the table, oldest son came running up.  He had, clutched firmly in each little toddler hand, a toy horse.  

If "Captain Literally" had existed then, he would have been pleased with my son!  (Be sure to watch this video clip--Studio C is one of the funniest shows on TV now.)




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Thanks for sweet, obedient children.  

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3 comments:

  1. That is awesome - my daughter is so literal like that and it never fails to crack me up. Which is good, because like you said, that tense hour as dinner I prepared can so easily turn sour and sometimes I need to lighten up a bit and remember that she's not pestering, she just wants to be part of everything.

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  2. That was funny! I will have to share it with Grampy -- it makes him absolutely insane when people don't use the English language correctly! Love the pony story!

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