Friday, September 16, 2005

More Why's

Harry, to my sixteen-year-old son, Adam, who is playing a computer game:  Why are you playing that game? Adam:  Because I like it. Harry: (You know this is coming, don't you?) Why do you like it? Adam:  Don't get all philosophical on me, kid. Harry:  Okay!

10 Comments:

Anonymous MIM said...

I'm going to have to remember Adam's line for when Tod-lar enters that "why" stage.

9/16/2005 03:54:00 PM  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

Ah, thats how you deal with the why thing. Trust a 16 year old to cut to the chase & use the minimum possible words to make his life as easy as possible!

9/16/2005 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

mim: The Why stage can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a right royal pain... Adam's comment was accompanied by the half smile and one quirked eyebrow that he does so well. Harry seemed to like it!

Mrs A: Well put - "minimum words to make his life as easy as possible". Have you met my son? That's exactly the dynamic!

9/16/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Perfect!

9/16/2005 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

I tend to launch into long technical explanations whenever princess number one asks me something. The perils of having a geek for a dad I suppose!

9/16/2005 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Sounds like they are an Abbott and Costello for the new millenium. Thats way too cute

9/17/2005 06:26:00 AM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: Well, that's another approach. Go on and on and on till their eyes glaze over, and they wander off. Or, they love it to bits, and you will soon be the proud dad of a little geek princess!

heather: I like my son's understated way with the kids. He doesn't go all sappy-gooey, the way some of the friends of my daughter do, making me cringe. He watches them with wry amusement and interacts with them in a very natural way. (When he notices them at all, that is...)

9/17/2005 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger LoryKC said...

I usually take Simon's approach. My hubbie tried to warn me---but now, at least with my 7-year-old --when she asks "why" and I launch into what I think is an age-appropriate explanation---I quickly get: "OK! OK! I get it already!"
(Really I'm just lucky that she's at this age, I guess. My 4-year-old does not give in nearly so easily!)
We need to have Harry over for a day or two!

9/18/2005 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Anon said...

ROFL, I like Adam's style, and a good life lesson for Harry.

9/19/2005 04:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Lory: That's probably also just their different temperaments. Perhaps your eldest is not so patient, perhaps your youngest is more genuinely inquisitive, perhaps some other character factor?

Si: I like Adam's style, too. :-)

9/19/2005 08:02:00 AM  

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