Friday, January 23, 2009

Bobonics*

Bo got a lizard book at the library and was perusing it at the kitchen table while I was making dinner. Perusing quickly turned into, "I want I want I want". Which is altogether very annoying.

But I am nothing, if not a patient and nearly perfect mother. I explained that I still washed his hair, cleaned up his toys, made his dinner, drove him places, washed his clothes, etc. I did not want another "thing" to take care of, and until he was a little older and had more responsibilities that I don't have to nag him about (read: never) he can get a pet.

Of course, that wasn't good enough. Duh.

The "conversation" went back and forth like this for ten minutes. He desperately wanted a fat tailed lizohd and I showed amazing self-restraint by not flicking him with the wooden spoon I was using to stir the pasta sauce. Dried cheese in a pouch is still considered "pasta sauce", right?

Finally I had had enough and I said, "Bo, you are not getting a pet, I'm not going to keep having this conversation, you need to drop it. Drop it right now."

As I said these words I realized they sounded a little harsh for my preshy. And that I had never used the phrase "drop it" with him.

He looked up at me with a quick grin and giggled, "Drop it like a baby giraffe being born?"

I could not believe he came up with this on his own. But he did. He learned about how baby giraffes are born (uh, I got a clear idea based on his very clever simile, but had never thought about it before and definitely wasn't familiar with the basics) and me saying "drop it", naturally brought that to mind.

* I would like to give credit where credit is due, my sister "S" came up with that clever word. Everyone around me is so clever. I'm just a look alike ma'am.

22 comments:

Sarah said...

FIRST!!!

Sarah said...

Bo is such a super cute little ham bone.... He would be great on the show "kids say the darndest things"

S said...

WOOO look at the S's go! TOP THREE

Heffalump said...

Drop it like a baby giraffe being born.
That is verbal greatness in the works.

S said...

Bobonic with some licking! My favorite! Thanks though, really now I will be thinking of large animals dropping lil ones anytime someone says "drop it"

Mycurlyhairdays said...

Love the "I want it"s. I battle with that too much! You try to raise 'em right and all they want is crappy Moon Sand or a dog or a lizard! Sheesh! Aren't the green beans and liver enough!!??!

Howertons in Iowa said...

So do all perfect mothers flick their brilliant boys with wooden spoons when they want to get a fat tailed lizohd? Way to go Bo - you broke her!

This is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing - and I'm totally going to look up baby giraffe's being born - I had no idea. Or forgot anyway...

Sketchy said...

Next time I need that phrase I'm going to say it thusly: You need to drop it, drop it like a baby giraffe being born.

Awesome.

Thank Bo for my new spontaneous unplanned comeback.

Aunt Emily said...

I am going to use "drop it like a baby giraffe being born" too. I'd also really prefer it if you'd call me Princess Peach Beauty Mom Princess. Thanks.

Klin said...

I'm impressed with the rational that you gave him. I am writing it down for future reference.

Code Yellow said...

We just read a book about baby giraffes dropping - quite a distance! - when they are born. Also that anteaters give birth standing up - those are some crazy looking animals because you can't tell which end is which...but I digress. On your blog. :) What is seriously spectacular is that Bo thought of giraffe birth and put it into a totally funny and appropriate context. I just want to squeeze him for that!

The pet thing is never going to drop like a giraffe. Just so you know. :) Fish work wonderfully, though. You can name them, feeding them is easy, clean-up is minimal and there is no smell. You can meet the pet need for about $20.

Code Yellow said...

P.S. Bobonics is briliant.

AND powder from an envelope is definitely sauce.

Beckie said...

Can you fight to have it taught in schools, too? it kinda sounds like the Bubonic plauge...but it's just as contagious. I think know I'll say I gotta go drop it like a baby giraffe instead of saying I gotta drop it like it's hot.Bo, you are a smarty pants!

Suzanne said...

If I had it my way, we'd never have pets at my house. Luckily we've only had a beta fish once. I'm sure I will get outvoted eventually. I'm like you. I just don't want something else to have to take care of and clean up after.

Have you seen that SNL sketch where the kids won't clean out the litter box and so there is a "kit" you can buy for the kids to make objects out of the cat poop so they don't think they're cleaning. Hilarious! :)

Mrs Lemon said...

That is amazing self-restraint. You are my hero.

No Cool Story said...

Bobonics!! Oh man, I love that.
:)
I shall think about that word all day and smile.

Charlotte said...

I use nearly the same excuse when my husband wants to get a dog. Except I don't wash his hair, but I do buy his shampoo and hair gel.

And I am impressed you had never told him to "drop it" before. And that he had such a clever comeback.

Tiffany said...

Brilliant child, if I told my kids to drop it they would not say something cute, they would just cry and make me feel bad. little punks.

Tori :) said...

Is "just a look alike" from The Parent Trap? "They are twins. Aren't they?" "No ma'am, just look alikes..." Or... yeah.
Anyway... that drop it like a baby giraffe being born is rad. Made me think of this guy I met at a dance that said, "So, let's head out like a baby..." Yeah. He was hot. :P

My Diary said...

No pets for my kids either. I dont have dogs or cats I have kids. Lots and lots of kids. One more thing to take care of and I might go crazy. Really who wants a crazy mom. Kids agree with me and have stopped asking for pets.

Bryner Family said...

I had no idea about baby giraffes! I had to google it and found this interesting article all about giraffes! :) http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EPG/is_n5_v29/ai_16885922
Jill loves anything having to do with animals and didn't know this one yet either. Your kids are so fun. :)

Bryner Family said...

And Jill asks for a pet non-stop as well. She reads her Zoo Books every day and swears she'll be a vet when she grows up. It's all animals all the time! But every time she almost has me convinced, Ben steps in with his opinions and the conversation is stopped. :)