Saturday, June 13, 2009
Divide and conquer
The following took place at the Fuller home, Bloomington, Ind., between the hours of 6:00 and 7:00 PM EDT:
6:32 - Aislynn (speaking on behalf of herself and Isla): "We want to watch some shows."
6:32 - Me: "I'll have to think about it."
6:33 - Aislynn: "Isla, mom will help us. I'll be right back." (Exits up stairs.)
6:37 - Brooke comes downstairs and puts Veggietales into DVD player.
They learn early, my friends.
The above illustrates Aislynn's newfound capacity for manipulation. Another favorite ploy is a shrewd rhetorical device by which she makes her desired activity sound like your idea. For example: She'll start by meekly asking, "Daddy, do you maybe want to play dress up?" I'll counter with a response I think is cutting to the heart of what she wants. Why not just come out and say it, right? "Do you want to play dress up, Aislynn?" Then she has me: "Ok, good idea." There's really no combating this.
I have about 12 years to learn how to stay a step ahead.
You feel me?