May 10, 2006

Slices of Life, Vol 6

My favorite Nicholas words right now: "hepp me" (help me) and "Nah-nell" (Nathaniel)

My favorite Nathaniel words right now: "slipperly" (slippery) and "bathing soups" (bathing suits)


Last Sunday we were hiking in The Preserve, a park near our house. Nathaniel ran ahead of us down the path (disobeying) and faceplanted on the gravel path. He cried all the way to the car and continued to cry in excess. (I observed a couple of scratches, but there were no major injuries.)

About half way home, I said, "Buddy, if you stop crying, I think you'll feel better." He whimpered to a slow cry, then down to nothing. After about five seconds of [blissful] silence, he shouted, "NO, I DON'T, MOMMY! SEE??" and started crying again.


Last week while driving home from school:

Nathaniel: "Mommy, you need to Slow Down. You are going Way Too Fast."

Me: "Well, Buddy, I'm actually going the speed limit. I'm not breaking the law."

Nathaniel: "Mommy, it is TOO FAST and if you don't slow down, you will GET A TICKET." [pause] "Daddy drives really fast."

Me: "He does? I'll have to talk to him about that.

"Nathaniel: "YES. He drives too fast aaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllll the time!"


Nathaniel is very good at sharing and will proudly tell you, "I'm a Very Good Sharer." He often will give Nicholas the last of whatever snack he's eating, or will let Nicholas play with a toy that he's particularly fond of. Nicholas is still at the stage, however, in which he is reluctant to share, PARTICULARLY if he has the last of something.This morning on the way to school Nathaniel polished off his Teddy Grahams before Nick-Nick finished his.

Nathaniel: "Nick-Nick, can I please have a Teddy Graham?"

[No response. Additionally, eye-contact avoiding behavior from Nicholas.]

Nathaniel: "Nathaniel: "Nick-Nick, can I PLEASE have a Teddy Graham?"

[More play-dead behavior from Nicholas.]

Nathaniel: "Mommy, Nick-Nick won't share his Teddy Grahams with me. Will you get me a Teddy Graham?"

Me: "Nick-Nick, please share your Teddy Grahams with your brother. He has asked very nicely and always shares with you."

[My rearview mirror reflected the following: Nicholas surreptitiously swept the remaining three Teddy Grahams into his fist and handed Nathaniel the empty snack cup.]

Nick-Nick: "All Gone Snack!"


Also on the way to school this morning, we saw a police cruiser exiting a parking lot:

Nathaniel: "Mommy, where is the policeman going?

"Me: "I don't know, Buddy. He's either going to look for people breaking laws or he might be going to the police station."

Nathaniel: "What does the policeman do at the police station?

"Me: "Well, he works on filling out paperwork and solving cases."

Nathaniel: "Does he color?"


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