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yesterday my brother and sister-in-law were unexpectedly shopping in fort wayne, at the time my parents and i were to be dropping off their oldest son, chase. our sunday plans were to drop him off, then watch a movie and/or do some post holiday shopping. after complicated and frustrating phone conversations, it was finally decided that chase would be left with my sister-in-law's mother. all the confusion resulted in a missed movie and exasperation at the change of plans. at some point during the tense car ride, i remarked, "i don't like surprises!"

after a pause, my nephew turned to me and asked, "do you like presents [which comes out, 'pwesents']?"

i had no idea what we were now talking about. "yeah, i like presents," i replied.

his eyes were innocent, and his comment eager and earnest: "well, just think of this wike a pwesent! it's a surpwise!"

i've just been unknowingly rebuked by a four-year-old.

Posted on Monday, December 27, 2004 at 02:46PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

Ouch. Ouch. Yea, that is when I would have slaped him and said, "Oh yea, well surprise! [slap].

Okay I wouldn't have done that, but the annonimity of a blog makes me write what I might not say,


And a little child shall lead them.
Dec 28, 2004 at 01:11AM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
Awesome story.

Dec 28, 2004 at 04:49PM | Unregistered CommenterSteve
great post.

Dec 28, 2004 at 11:39PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
should i be frightened for little lydia?
Dec 29, 2004 at 02:48PM | Registered Commentermdog
No...we take good care of her. Whenever we leave for the day to go to Columbus, we leave her in the tub, tear open a bag of dog food and leave the water running. That way she and the dogs can share and clean up is easier. :OP
Dec 29, 2004 at 11:08PM | Unregistered Commenterpaul

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