I try not to say too much about DH in my blog because he’s rather mystified by the concept of Facebook updates let alone blogging.
But I can’t resist documenting a conversation I overheard between him and the little boy this weekend.
LB wanted a carton of strawberry milk, which I’ve taken to buying so their apple juice consumption can no longer be measured by the gallon.
He was refusing to say please and DH was – for the umpteenth time – trying to teach him to remember his manners.
This went on for at least half the morning. I would probably have buckled far sooner.
LB managed to manoeuvre DH into the kitchen and they were both standing by the open cupboard.
“Say please,” says DH, his hand reaching up and hovering over the strawberry milks.
“THAT ONE,” LB retaliates, pointing at the cartons (“Can’t you see? They’re right there!” he’s thinking)
“What do you say?”
“At the T.O.P.” responds LB, getting more and more exasperated he’s having to give orders for something so simple.
“If you won’t say please, you can’t have it.” DH pretends to walk away.
“T.U.R.N A.R.O.U.N.D,” yells LB [angry tears].
I crept away, pretty sure DH would win (my mother-in-law used to talk about running etiquette classes, and we do try to hammer home the manners).
But, a little later, I notice LB running round with his ‘pink milk’ and DH, on the sofa, looking a little, dare I say it, beaten.
“He won’t get away with it next time,” mutters DH.
Three-year-olds, honestly. As cute as a button – but compared to life now, don’t you think our pint-size dictators make pregnancy seem like a nine-month massage?
PHOTO CREDIT: Ava Carroll-Brown