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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I live on Sesame Street

Evan: I live in Mexico!

Me: No, you live in California.

Evan: Papi and Grandma live in Mexico!

Me: No, Papi and Grandma live in Arizona.

Evan: I live in Arizona with Papi and Grandma!

Me: No, you live in California.

Evan: I live in California.

Me: Do you know what city you live in?  You live in -.

Evan: I live in-.

Me: The name of the street you live on is – -.  Can you say – – ?

Evan: (Pause) No, Mommy.  I live on Sesame Street.  Can you say Sesame Street?  Mommy, can you say Sesame Street?