Monday, February 28, 2011

The Mini D.A.

When I'm not listening to talk radio in the car, I sometimes pay attention to my children and we recite nursery rhymes together.

One particular favorite is "Jack and Jill." One day not too long ago, I recited the rhyme slowly, for Michaela Byrd's benefit and then paused at a red light.

A voice piped up from the back seat. It was Natalie, my 5 year old.

Natalie: "Why did Jack fall down the hill?" {slight pause. thinking.}
Me: Uhhh...
Natalie {in rapid succession}: "Who pushed him?"
"Where did he fall?
"Well, where was Jill?"

I'd never quite stopped to consider the fact that Jack may have met with foul play, or that Jill may have caused his cranial injuries and suffered harm inadvertently from her devious actions.

So I gave her my best, thoughtful, Mommy-like reply. "Um, I don't know. He just fell down."

I could see her face in the rear view mirror and knew that my answer was not good enough. I could envision her shouting "I want the truth!" after which I would bellow in my best Jack Nicholson voice, "You can't handle the truth!"

Instead, she became distracted when we passed a thrift shop and she saw all the furniture out in front.

"Oooh, a sale!" she exclaimed. I guess she is her mother's daughter after all.

So I'm thinking that if her original career plan of becoming a doctor what helps mommies' babies pop out of their tummies doesn't work out, she'd make an excellent District Attorney. I wouldn't hold up under her line of questioning, that's for sure, because her focus is intense. Unless, of course, Diane Von Furstenberg is holding a sample sale somewhere near the courthouse.

I guess Jill's off the hook for now....

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  1. so funny, that's my son, too, i don't remember being that suspicious when I was their age!!

  2. That is too funny. She'll be a DA that runs to the thrift store on her lunch :)

  3. That is too cute! Henry always has a million questions like that too!

  4. Funny girl!
    It never occurred to me to suspect all the possible sinister aspects of nursery rhymes when I was a kid.

  5. Your post are always so much fun to read. They always make me laugh! So cute. I really had never thought that much about how Jack fell down either!!

  6. Definitely had me laughing with this one!! Ha!!
    Jack tripped on a tree stump as he and Jill were coming down the hill. That is why he fell. Everyone knows that one!! Ha!! How's that for a tall tale??
    Good huh?

  7. You are so funny! So, wonder what did happen to Jack? Hmmmm! Kids are so smart. Maybe she should be a detective! or a personal shopper?

  8. So cute! I never really stopped to think about why he fell down. I probably would have told her that he stepped in a hole and then rolled down the hill. Nursery rhymes aren't so nice when you start decoding the meaning!

  9. Haha! What a cutie! Hopefully she doesn't lose any sleep over considering what him. :-)

  10. "You can't handle the truth!" Bwahahaha!

  11. This is so darn funny. I love Natalie (: When I babysit I'm always having to think of reasons as to WHY something happened...haha!

  12. I totally get this now. Grandson is 3 . . . everything is WHY? WHY? WHY? Since I got my stepsons when they were already in school, this was new to me!

    Happy SU Sunday! Stopping by from FB Crafterminds!


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