The Thing to Put the Thing In

Evan: (rummaging through his toys) I need the thing to put the thing in!


Me: (As I come in from the kitchen) What do you need?


Evan: (Code 1: a little frustrated) I need the thing to put the thing in!


Me: Which thing?  What thing?


Evan: (Code 2: frustrated) I need the thing to put the thing in!


Me: (I don’t fault him.  I have issues about finding the right words, but at least I do hand gestures) What’s the thing do you put in it?


Evan: (Code 3: upset) Mommy!  I need the THING to put the thing in!


Me: (Keeping a cool and level voice) I know, but what do you put in it?


Evan: (Code 4: seconds from a complete meltdown of Code 5, which will result in tears, stomping, screaming, and an immediate evacuation to the bedroom for calming down period.  It all hinges on my response.) MOMMY! I NEED THE THING TO PUT THE THING IN!  (This time he gestures to illustrate a sword.)


Me: (Aha!) You mean this?  (I pull out the sheath.) 


Evan: (Immediate relief and back down to normal) YES!!!  (Evan grabs the sheath and a sword lying at his feet.  He places the sword in the sheath.)  I like sword fighting!  I like to fight bad guys!  I like to fight robots!  I like to fight Star Wars!  (Off Evan runs.) 




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12 Responses to “The Thing to Put the Thing In”

  1. outside voice Says:

    Ah, the escalating codes. I know them well…

  2. holeycheese Says:

    oh yeah.. this is classic.. 🙂

  3. Lindsey Says:

    Sounds familiar! 😀

  4. faemom Says:

    Thanks. I figured you all would relate.

  5. Court Says:

    i love to read your blog because i get to see what’s coming next. Kaiya’s not yet two so she’s not quiet at this level but she does have a little vein that pops out on her forehead when she’s about to totally lose it!

  6. sarcasmisonemoreserviceioffer Says:

    The thing to put the thing It’s a good thing you figured it out. ;o)

  7. faemom Says:

    Court: That’s great that Kaiya has an outward sign, sort of like a blinking light and alaram?

    Sarcasm: I think I can rock Charades now.

  8. holeycheese Says:

    I forgot to tell you how I usually solve this problem.. I just go “oh, you mean that giant sparkling duck?” or something else that is totally unlikely.. Then they usually both laugh at my suggestion – and understand that they have to explain better what they mean. 🙂

  9. esanders09 Says:

    Sadly enough, this is how my fiancee tries to communicate with me sometimes, minus the rising code levels. From the bedroom when I’m in the open space kitchen/dining/sitting room: “Fatty (what she calls me) can you bring me the thing from in there?” “Which of the 400 things might you be referring to?” “You know, the thing.” So very helpful.

  10. faemom Says:

    Holecheese that’s a great idea!

    Esanders09: It’s nice to know my boy may never grow out of it and may torture his own fiance with it. But I suggest you try Holycheese’s idea or even better bring her something that you know she doesn’t mean. If that fails blame it on me for bad advice 🙂

  11. mediocreperfectionist Says:

    Sorry for the out-of-date replay… I’m blog stalking today (yay!) and still catching up for lost time! LOVE “the thing”. Can’t wait for “the thing”! I’m so ready to trade in the combination of “that” with a total mis-comprehension of what it means to actually point AT SOMETHING.

  12. faemom Says:

    I know! Sean now does that. No problem about the out-of-date reply, I do blog stalking too 🙂

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