Friday, June 2, 2006

Mid-day Trivia

This morning I was driving to the HUMONGOUS DFW airport to pick up J. It really is a huge airport. Well, maybe not the inside, but the outside is like 6 freeway exits to get to your desired terminal. Insane.

I have trouble getting on the right highway, making the right exit, merging to the left 3 lanes while the lane I'm merging into is trying to get on the right to exit----it's just not pretty. is trying Once you are merged and whatnot, terminals A-E are big ol' freeway exits of their own.

After you take the right off-ramp, then you have two more choices of direction. I've only ever chosen "Arrivals" but even after that, there's two more choices. We are rats in a maze and J is our piece of cheese. It's okay, I think if J had to be any food, it would be cheese.

Anyway, as I'm nearing the airport the SECOND time around, Bo asks, "When will we see Daddy?" I say, "Really soon, we are sooo close!" Then he asks, "Hey! What does 'soon' mean?"
And this is what I came up with:

It means, s-s-s...It means pretty s-s-s...uhhh, it's like, in the near fut---it's coming's....

What it WAS, was entirely ridiculous. What DOES soon mean!?!?! Could the reason that I, an intelligent woman, cannot define soon--be because I have conversations like this regularly:
Bo: Somebody broke my fire truck
Me: What happened?
Bo: It's broken
Me: How did it break?
Bo: Somebody broke it.
Me: What's wrong with it? How do you know it's broken?
Bo: Because it won't work

The sad thing about this dialogue is, I'm the idiot in the conversation. He is answering every question I ask. He later came crying about it again (it sadly is not making it's 110 decibels screeching siren sound, the jury is still out on whether this constitutes broken or blessing) and I suggested he might need a nap. He suddenly forced a horrific smile that looked more like a chihuahua bearing it's teeth and "cheerfully" said, "But I'm happy! I'm just happy" combined with a forced laugh.

We really do condition our children unknowingly. This all stems from, "Your whining and crying tells me you are tired." So obviously, happy and forced laugh means you aren't tired.


s said...

right after right now....

rebecca said...

soon is right after mommy gets off the phone.. feeds the smaller sibiling, picks up ten toys one which is embeded in her foot, starts a load of laundry without actually putting clothes in it, pass the mirror to find she really hasn't showered yet and will really soon!!

Becky said...

"Soon" means when mommy says it's time.

Thank you for the visit to my blog and the nice comment.

Code Yellow said...

Soon is sometime after now and sometime before "tomorrow."

the lizness said...

I'm with Morning Glory. "Soon" can also mean "It will be longer every time you ask."

Thank you for your kind comment today. I know you can reach your goals.

Cyndi said...

As Andrew puts it, soon means right now. Get ready to start defining the world for Ben. It only gets more frequent. Soon he will be asking you what tomorrow means, and day, and night and so on and so on...but first you have to figure out what soon means.

Epsi said...

In five minutes. Then all you have to do is teach him to tell time, and get him a watch...

Emily said...

Ah, definitions! I had to do "friction" on the way to school this morning. Friction? Welll, uh, it's when you rub things together and they get hot, right? What does that have to do with meteorites, you say? The uh, friction as they fall through the air is why they're uhhhh hot? Hey, I'm driving now, I'll just get you a book, okay?

Soon = Look Buddy, I'm doing the best I can here, and I'll get to that when I'm done here. You can help it happen faster if you are very very patient... Quiet Game, anyone?

I miss one and three year olds every time I read your posts! You're hilarious.