Monday, June 18, 2007

Are We There Yet?

When I picked The Mayor up from daycare on Friday afternoon he asked me if we were going to eat at home or at a restaurant.

For a change, I didn’t know the answer.

We were headed to our little town’s summer beach party and I didn’t know if we would eat at a restaurant or at a street vendor’s booth so I said,


“We’re just going to go where life takes us, Mayor.”


Do not say this to a newly three year old child.

Or else! REGRET!

Saying this will result in your three year old child repeatedly asking WHEN you are going to go to Where Life Takes Us.

As if it were some new restaurant with the best kiddie meals in the whole universe.

Gah!

diner

54 comments:

Shannon said...

Leave it to a kid to take the romance out of such a profound statement, LOL.

Patience said...

I wanna go there too!!

WILLIAM said...

I have eaten there before, Don't get the Everything Omlette, because then life takes you to the bathroom.

sam said...

Take me! Take me! Take Me! Puuuuuuuuuulllleeeaseeee Take Me!!!!

Tabba said...

Oh, yeah....I can only imagine saying this to Connor.
I think his head would explode.

Julie Pippert said...

I make this sort of mistake frequently.

Then I compound it by saying, "Hey I forgot my Omniscent Hat so I do not know."

That's a quick path to the Because I'm Your Mother and I Said So. (shaking head at self)

Mrs. Schmitty said...

Ha Ha!! Been there!

Mary Alice said...

Do dem have chicken nuggets and fries? I want fries. No apple slices. Fries. Mommy? Mommy? 'Kay? Fries. 'Kay?...... Mommy are you whistening?

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Oh yes, children love abstract statements. Also, sarcasm. They totally get that every time.

Karen Forest said...

I can imagine saying this to Miss L, to which she would reply....

"Are you serious?"

This is her reply to almost everything these days.

Magpie said...

LOL - and how was "where life takes us"?

Jordan said...

Oh, that's a classic! Those conversations are so funny in retrospect and drive me bananas in the moment.

Lotta said...

My kid would freak because he needs to know exactly what the plans are at all times. Go with the flow is not his motto!

QT said...

Leave it to the Mayor - I guess I cant say I'm surprised~

Woman with kids said...

I used to tell the boys we'd be there when the car stopped. Until Boy 1 tried to get out of the car at a stop light.

Oops. Literal minded little buggers.

mothergoosemouse said...

Yes. Have made the same mistake.

Literal tots have no appreciation for the abstract.

EE said...

Just wait til your kids are old enough for the "fend for yourself" dinner!!!!

Mrs. Chicken said...

tee hee ... just laughing at this! :)

liv said...

yeah, they don't get it. They'd like to hear:

It's PB&J at home

or

Rathbun's at 8, darling!

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

bwaa haaa. I saw that one coming a mile away.

CamiKaos said...

oh, becareful what you order where life takes you.... upset stomach can occur.

lol that is priceless

urban-urchin said...

I was going to write something witty but I just read William's comment and can't stop laughing.

Kevin Charnas said...

Well....WHEN?????

mommiebear2 said...

I used to tell my kids when they asked were we were going that we were "going crazy". Taylor used to always respond with " oooooh momma I think I like that place."

flutter said...

Yes, also do not say this to your 26 year old fiance, who is a terminal smart ass and will respond with something akin to "life should take me to Black Angus, do you think life will take me to Black Angus? I would be loving life, if life took me there."

Omaha Mama said...

Just caught up your last five days of posts - that beach party sounds awesome! Losing a kid is a big fear of mine, so my almost four year old has found out. She's pretty sure that if she leaves my side in public, there will surely be someone she doesn't know ready to take her home. Because that's what she's been told!

Love that father's day card! Love the zebra/giraffe picture. Love the Al Sharpton story. I've been giggling at your posts for 15 minutes! You are too friggin' funny.

Jen Magnuson said...

I love that - kids are so damn literal. I taught my son the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" and he says it everytime he eats an apple. The other day he looked at me and said, "How does the doctor know I've had the apple?" Kids are great.

karrie said...

But whyyyyy can't we go to the place where life takes us Mom? I want to go to the place that life takes us...I want to go to the place that life takes us...I want to go to the place that life takes us...Do they have chocolate milk there, Mommy? Mommy, I want a chocolate milk.....Moooooommy chocolate milk, chocolate milk, chocolate milk....with a straw.Do they have straws at the place where life takes us...DO THEY? DO THEY, Mommy? Do they have purple straws Mommy? I need to pee. I need to pee. I need to pee. I need to pee. Out of the car! Out of the car! Mommy,why are you stopping? But why is the light red Mommy. Mommy the light is GREEN now.Go Mommy! GO!


As you know, I'm fluent in 3 year-old boy. ;)

Hol&J said...

That's cute! Take me too.

Makes me wish we could live life as children do - at times.

Lawyer Mama said...

I think "Where Life Takes You" is at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I'm sure that will clear things up!

Jenn said...

Meet ya there.

They serve a killer margarita.

Jen said...

Oh imagine the toy chest!

ewe are here said...

still there...

Love your kid. ;-)

Lily said...

So literal... Too cute!

mamatulip said...

Calgon? Is that you coming for me?

Theresa said...

Your son is adorable...just wait until he's a teenager! He'll push the limit with the literalness....

Paige said...

Ah...to go where life takes us with an impatient tot.

It's like calling a two-year-old a piece of work and having her demand "a piece of work" for lunch.

Love me some tots. Love them.

carrie said...

Why must they know EVERYTHING???

Why?

Just go with the flow must be a concept not fully grasped until the teenage years. Or something like that.

Carrie

jen said...

it's that taking everything literal part that keeps messing me up, too.

Cathy said...

Aaack!

I spent a month trying to explain what "in the meantime" means to a 3-year-old.

"Mommy, what is the meantime?"

"Where is the meantime?"

"When is the meantime? Was it last night?"

*banging head against kitchen counter*

Ally said...

Oh man, the literalists!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I wish my life would take me to a place where rear ends wiped themselves and kids listened to their mothers!!!!! :)

Life, ARE YOU LISTENING?

jakelliesmom said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah. When do they grow out of Literal? Everything must be accurate and precise or it is useless information. Exhausting.

Shauna said...

Can I come?

Aliki2006 said...

Ack! I LOVE that place!

FENICLE said...

Very familiar nagging...

Ortizzle said...

Please tell me you photo-shopped that. Because if you didn't, I am in total awe, to say nothing of terrified, of the Mayor.

moosh in indy. said...

I taught mine "eventually" by accident.
Damn.

notfearingchange said...

Can u take me as well... :-D

Starrlight said...

ROFL! That is classic!

Slackermommy said...

So when are we going to go to where life takes us? Sorry, I couldn't resist.

carmachu said...

Kids will take anything you say and twist it.. its inevitable...

Nancy said...

Hahahahaha!

Thanks to the miracle of advertising, Mimi used to think that Michael's (th craft store) was called Thecrayolaisle. Get it? The Crayola Aisle. Because all the advertising for crayons on TV tells you you can get their products "at the Crayola aisle.)

Scribbit said...

My kids will ask, "Where are we going?" some times and my standard answer is to ask, "on what level?"

They just look at me like I'm a freak.