January 8, 2006

Can You Say, "Mixed Signals"?

On the walk home after church, we crossed paths with a pizza and a kid and the dad holding them. The dad was asking the kid, who must have been close to three, "Can you say 'cheese? Can you say 'pizza'?" We didn't hear the response [and of course, that might be just right question for the kid's developmental stage, who knows?] But I couldn't help imagining the kid saying, "Dude, even I know you're not a pirate; so why do you keep thinking I'm your parrot?"

Then it dawned on me: from a kid's point of view, we spend half the day badgering him to say something, and the other half telling him to be quiet. At some point, that's gotta get confusing.


The comment I once heard was "we spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk and the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut up..."

I find it strange that he's asking a three year old that. Our daughter was saying cheese (mom's fave) and pizza (dad's fave) since around 1 year...


[sure, the same one as your namesake, Killer Kane, baby. If you'd like to know more, I can have some representatives contact you with no obligation. -ed.]

Never judge a kid by his/her size. I have friends where the couple are both over 6 ft. Their 2 yr seriously looks like he could be 4.

The pizza dad was just trying to keep the kid from asking for a slice to eat on the way home.

What time do you go to church that someone was eating pizza? Late Church or pizza for breakfast?

[it ends at noon, you chitchat for a while, you're home by 1. -ed.]

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