Every so often a parent is lucky enough to have the opportunity to impart world-wise pearls of wisdom to his or her children. Especially when said parent has a captive audience. Say, in the car, for instance. Totally. So yesterday, while taking a drive, there was just such an impromptu life-lesson opportunity, and I totally grabbed it. Oh, yes I DID. It went a little something like this...
Momma: You are all smart kiddos. And you can be anything you want to be, you know that, right?
Hannah (7): Yeah!... Oh. Except circus people. I don't care for circus people.
(OKAY... Who can argue with that? All three children bob their heads in complete agreement in the back seat. I try not to giggle. I mean, honestly. "I don't care for circus people"?)
Hannah: (suddenly) I want to be a mouth doctor!
(Okay, THIS we can work with...)
TGIM: You could do that. Wait, do you mean a dentist or an orthodontist?
Momma: Ooooooh, orthodontists make good money. People pay a whole lot of cash for orthodontia.
Tanner (9): (eyes glued to his GameBoy, not missing a beat) "Orthodontia"? "Orthodontia"?! That's weird. Shouldn't it be, like, "orthodonticism"? Yeah, definitely "orthodonticism."
(Oh, ho ho! Someone's a word geek like his momma! Smart-aleck.)
Momma: What about you, Alli?
Allison (5): Oh, I want to be a dentist. Wait. Or an astronaut ballerina. Actually, yeah, I want to be an astronaut ballerina!
Momma: What exactly does an astronaut ballerina do?
Allison: Um, they dance in outer space.
Tanner: (disgusted) Well, what's the point of getting paid for that?! I mean, what? Will people come and watch them?
Alli: Sure. Yeah! Of course!
Tanner: No! No! People can't just go into outer space to watch ballet! Only astronauts can do that!
Allison: Well, I will dance for them.
(Hey. You go, girl. You go.)
- kalki commented:
Your kids? A-freakin-DORABLE! And I know, because I met them. In person.
And I think Allison is a visionary - outer space is not out of reach!
- » 5/23/2005 7:13 AM
- mrtl commented:
Actually, I am quite sure that you're embellishing this story because I happen to know FOR A FACT that "actually" is Tanner's favorite word, and that's not quoted here.
Beyond that, it's a totally believable story. They are all adorable. And sweet. And Very Patient.
- » 5/23/2005 10:38 AM
- Shaun commented:
Damn....I just bought tickets to the Space Ballet. Our seats are in the nosebleeds though.
Thats so freaking cute, Cat. Next time get it on video. Get everything on video.
- » 5/23/2005 11:48 PM