Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Dao of Joy


On the ride home from school The Mayor asked me what was for dinner.

"We're going to the market restaurant, Mayor."

"With who?" he asked.

"Just us, Mayor."

"No! I want someone to come with us!!" he screamed.

"You know, Mayor. Fretting over what we don't like is just a lot of fretting. What if we spent our time being happy and grateful about the things we do like?"

He was quiet.

I imagined my maternal wisdom soaking in and felt all pleased with myself.

But not being one to leave well enough alone I said,

"What do you think about that, Mayor? Should we spend our time appreciating the things we like?"

To which he responded,

"Um... Mom, why do dogs bark?"

Oh, how he sponges up the delicious gravy of my wisdom!!!

I am so Yoda.





37 comments:

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

Oh wise one!

At least he didn't say "But I like to complain about the things I don't like."

or said, "Well that's no fun!"

That's what mine would have said.

Patience said...

Ah Wisdom!

WILLIAM said...

Yo Da Joys.

Stella said...

So why do they bark?

Circus Kelli said...

Hahahahaha!

Sister Honey Bunch said...

Dang. He put you right in your place.

furiousBall said...

take him to the market, you did

pgoodness said...

well then. perhaps it soaked in so well that he was able to move on right away!!

Mama DB said...

Your boy learns fast!

Angela said...

My son is exactly like your son.Yesterday on our walk to school, all he could do was complain about everything, the cold(okay it was absolutely freezing), how much he didn't like school, no fun to look forward to...grump, whine, complain.I tried to be upbeat and positive, got about the same response you did. My sympathies, oh wise one!

Kevin Charnas said...

Well...I'm waiting...WHY DO THEY???

Ahhh, but it IS wisdom. If we as adults could just live by it.

Kimmylyn said...

Damn.. I would love to see you photoshop ur head on Yoda..LOL

u are funny oh wise one.. :)

Jenifer said...

Wisdom right?! This morning Rosebud told that she would stop being when I stopped being rude...is asking her to stop saying this is bored while I am hunched over putting her boots on rude?!

Lisa Milton said...

Lexi says directly these days: Can we please stop talking about this?

And by we, she means me.

So much for imparting wisdom.

AnotherMomCreation said...

Out of the mouths of babes.

I do like your idea though. Maybe I should try that out on my 7 year old....

Biddy said...

namaste...

LceeL said...

It's like trying to hold a conversation with Monty Python - a constant "And now for something completely different."

PunditMom said...

It's great to be a mom, ain't it? We're so wise and all that!

Don Mills Diva said...

Clearly he GETS it. Good job mama.

Above Average Joe said...

You evil genius, you.

Wendy said...

At least you are calm about it, that conversation in our car goes something like this:

Hey, if you want to cry and whine about it then you can sit in the car while we enjoy our dinner. And don't forget there are starving kids somewhere who would love to go to a restaurant with just us.

Note: Just to let people know I am empty with my threats. I wouldn't leave my kid in a car by themselves while we ate dinner.

Aliki2006 said...

Wisdom is sometimes so lost on the wee ones, it really is. But I like to think that they are soaking it up somehow, even if it doesn't show.

flutter said...

Oh. See? That's such a kid way to respond.

Beck said...

Ah, being a mother is just so wonderful influential sometimes.

carrie said...

I am so trying that with Katie.

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Oh wise one,

Why do dogs bark?

And while we're at it, why is the sky blue?

Lisa said...

Isn't it amazing what kind of knowledge children soak up? Or DON'T soak up? :-)

Rosie said...

It sounds all too familiar!

Grant said...

Did you know that dogs can't look up? ;-)

Jerseygirl89 said...

I think The Mayor is a Yoda-In-Training.

Worker Mommy said...

Ah...children ;)

Lightening said...

You just SO made my day!!!! Here I was thinking I was the only parent with kids like that! ;)

Lotta said...

Got to keep that sense of humor. I'm about ready to bang my head against the wall with my son.

He and Mayor would be tight if they lived near each other.

Deb said...

You schooled him!

LaskiGal said...

I'm thinkin' he was done with all the wisdom stuff . . . he created a diversion. Smart kid . . .

a. beaverhausen said...

Wait...your wisdom is actually gravy? Like the stuff we put on mashed potatoes? No wonder so many of us line up for it!!

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

Wise, you are.