Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Through a Mirror, Dimly

"Arthur, please lower your voice." "I'M NOT BEING LOUD!" "Yes, you are. Please lower your voice." "BUT I'M NOT SHOUTING." "Perhaps not, but you're TALKING LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME AND I'M TIRED OF IT." "Why are you shouting?"


Blogger Candace said...


Christopher, too, has no volume control. It's grating at times.

3/07/2006 01:20:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

That's Elcie all over. Her voice would break glass and dogs all over the world would whine in chorus.

3/07/2006 03:41:00 p.m.  
Blogger Susan said...


Sorry. But really, it's so funny!

3/07/2006 04:17:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jenorama said...

OMG, we have this conversation daily. With my twelve year old.

3/07/2006 04:58:00 p.m.  
Blogger Angela said...

I was talking to K's speech therapist a week or so ago and she said that even though they don't say something the proper way, when you say it wrong they will call you out. Kids know there's a difference, but not how to fix their speech. Our example was K saying "milt" for "milk" but if you say "milt" she'll tell you know, and may even attempt to correct you!

3/07/2006 06:05:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Candace: I have very low tolerance for noise. I know, it would seem to be a huge disadvantage in my chosen profession, and at times like this, it can seem so. However, time and time again, parents comment on how peaceful my home is, despite the numbers of children within.

Granny: Sounds appealing...

Susan: Don't be sorry! It was supposed to be funny. I laughed, too, when it happened. As I bashed my head into the wall...

Jen: Why they don't come equipped with volume controls I will never know. One of life's little injustices. More energy than you will ever have - and volume, to boot.

Angela: Always. So there I was, explaining that I was only talking EXACTLY as loud as he'd been talking. If I was shouting, SO WAS HE.


He, however, can moderate his voice. He just doesn't, much. Loud is his default.

3/07/2006 09:30:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

Once again, Arthur could be Bryce. We do this with him all the time. And I do a lot of heavy sighing. Sheesh!

3/07/2006 11:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Queen Bee said...

For adults, the only chance to scream and shout without getting disapproving looks, is probably at a pop concert or party. I wish there's more chances to voice ourselves more freely.

3/08/2006 12:57:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Kristen: Heavy sighing? So do I! Another source of energy: heavy parental sighs across the country. If we could harness them? I know MY hydro bills would go down.

QueenBee: One of the many reasons I attempt to get them out each and every day is so that they get to use those "outside voices" I keep talking about! Seems only fair, when I make such an issue of "inside voices" indoors.

3/08/2006 07:20:00 a.m.  
Blogger Andie D. said...

Kid logic! Cracks me up every time!

3/10/2006 10:43:00 a.m.  

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