Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Sometimes Mary Liz is a bit...well...moody. She'll be just fine, but then something doesn't go her way and suddenly she's sullen, unwilling to compromise. For example, perhaps she sees another child somewhere who has a sticker, so she wants a sticker, but doesn't have one. She'll ask for one, and I'll give my standard reply, which is that I'll give her a sticker the next time she earns one (we don't going handing out stickers all pell-mell, as if all we have to spend money on are bits of sticky paper that I'll find later in the dryer's lint trap), which will probably be soon if she'll knock it off with the attitude. But once she's decided to be sullen, she'll continue to be sullen for as long as she feels like it, and she will bemoan her unfortunate state for all to hear (you should've witnessed the Out of Band-Aids Debacle of 2006, let me tell ya). I just roll my eyes and start in on my standard spiel:

MLiz: I neeeeeeed a sti-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-icker! I neeeeed it!
Mary: Want, not need, and you'll survive. Come on, let's go.
MLiz: NO! I WON'T survive! I'm going to DIE!
Mary: Okay, well, I'll give you a nice memorial service. Is there anyone special you'd like to come? A favorite poem to be read? Perhaps a song we should all sing together in your memory?

After this she usually just makes gutteral, annoyed sounds and stomps around, being generally unpleasant, but not really hurting anyone because she knows she's been bested by her nanny. I continue on with whatever it is I'm doing as if nothing is wrong. Because nothing is wrong. However, the other day Jack was with us, and right after I mentioned the part about singing a song in her memory, he looked at me, grinned, and belted out, "Swiiiiiiing looooow, sweeeeet CHAAAAAAAARI-O-OT..."

It was fantastic. Look out, world, I think the kid finally found his sense of humor.


Anonymous said...

That's horrible and I LOVE it!! What a crack up! You should be so proud!

Shiz said...


(my word is jwslaya. seriously! cannot make this up!)

marymuses said...

Oh, I'm terribly proud. I've been waiting for this day for a long time.

Word verification is entertaining, isn't it? Not only does it keep me from getting spam comments, it amuses me.

Shiz said...

You make your charges WORK for stickers. I don't think you can be my dream-nanny anymore! ;)

k-stin said...

That made me laugh a lot! I like the choice of song, too~

marymuses said...

Shiz, I wouldn't exactly call it work. It's more like, "Hey, you didn't stick your tongue out at anyone as an insult today! Way to go! Have a sticker!"

K-stin, I'm glad you liked it. I like it more everytime I think about it. I hope he does something similar again soon.

My word verification is: zdogtm It means that z'dog, he is z'trademarked.

marymuses said...

I mean to type "every time" because there are two separate words there. And I know that because sometimes I'm kind of smart.


My word verification this go-round is: ieeeexec It's gypsy-speak for "executive."

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