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August 23, 2004

Five Second Rule? We Don't Need No Steenking Five Second Rule!

Second Child Syndrome: SW and I were sweeping up after dinner (cornbread, rice, and beans) when Scotty trundled into the kitchen. He was evidently still hungry, for he bent down, pulled a cold and dusty pinto bean out of the pile of sweepings, and evinced every sign of gastronomic satisfaction upon devouring it in front of his parents.

Neither of us blinked an eye. Nor did we do anything when he returned to the pile a second time for a chunk of Ngnat's discarded cornbread.

After that I felt somewhat guilty, so I poked at Scotty with the broom when he returned yet a third time to the linoleum buffet. Eventually the prickly feel of the broomstraw on the tops of his feet was sufficient to drive him out of the room. I swept the pile up and tossed it outside.

"You see what your son did?" I asked the wife when I came back in.

"He's not my son when he does that," she replied. "He's your's."

Posted by Bigwig at August 23, 2004 08:23 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

Classic. Just wait until he starts stuffing the beans up his nose. Then you'll REALLY know he's your son.

Posted by: Kehaar at August 23, 2004 10:02 PM

Uh oh, he's definitely got his grandfather's genes. Who else do we know who is willing to clean up all the leftovers?

Posted by: Yomama at August 24, 2004 09:34 AM

Hey, what doesn't kill 'em makes 'em stronger.

Posted by: Lex at August 24, 2004 01:18 PM

Definitely your boy. Perhaps some bugs in his future as well. We've had the same deal feeding our dog. Don't leave dog food on the floor! Sure now I know, but the first time around, we never think of it all. However, it certainly didn't hurt Holden and his hair and nails have quite a shine now! I am sure the bean was much cleaner than all the dirt/sand he has consumed so far in his early days.

Posted by: Mason at August 24, 2004 01:26 PM

You both are BAD parents. I am calling the North Carolina Child Protective Services !!!

Posted by: Andy at August 24, 2004 04:51 PM

Now a days, you just don't know. I am sure somewhere there's somebody who'd report us if they knew. Sure, we need to protect our children, but some of the things I read now are just plain ridiculous. What's up with new NC law about child seats? 80 pounds or 8 years old? Not saying it's bad, just seems a little extreme to me. Perhaps there's some numbers to support it. I'd like to see them if so. Anybody remember when you could ride a bike w/out a helmet, legally?

Posted by: Mason at August 26, 2004 11:20 AM

I think I remember something about riding a bike without a helmet when I was a kid. But I had this accident, hit my head and I don't remember too clearly...

Posted by: Kehaar at August 26, 2004 12:08 PM

What happened with the proposal to end the helmet laws for motorcycle riders in NC? On the one hand, we have a law for folks on bikes that requires them to wear a helmet but let's just forgot about folks riding motorcycles in traffic on our roads and highways needing to wear them. What? Where's the logic there? Sure, I understand the personal freedom thing and it's ok w/me either way. But apply the same concern about freedom to the folks riding bikes.

Posted by: Mason at August 27, 2004 09:26 AM
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