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Stuff My Son Said…This Week

by Mihal Levy

September 26, 2010 | 11:00 am

With each passing day, my son astounds me more and more.  Where does he come up with the things he says?  I used to write it all down, as I am sure every mom has at one point or another, usually during the child’s first year when everything is so exciting.  “He smiled.”  “He rolled over.”  “He grabbed his rattle.”  “He ate his first solid meal…”  Then something gets lost in the second, third and fourth year of life (and so on and so on).  It’s just too much trouble to grab a pen and write it all down.  There are too many other things taking up Mommy’s time.  There are so many excuses and not enough time.  I regret not keeping track of all his “milestones” and quotes for a while. 

This week, however, I decided to pay attention and keep a record.
Here are some quotes from my son this week, along with the milestone of eating his first hot dog ever.  (Isn’t that considered a milestone?)  Well, not a real hot dog, according to some, but a tofu dog.  I just don’t believe that nitrates and extraneous ground-up animal parts thrown in a bun should be included in a four year old’s diet (that’s just my opinion, however).  There will be plenty of time for him to disagree with me later, I am sure. 

Enough about the hot dog, here are deep thoughts by my four year old:
1) “Mommy, I wish you were four years old, like me, so we can play together, get big together and marry each other when we are old enough.”  How Freudian of him and right on target.

2) “After we reach one hundred years old, do we start all over again from one and become babies?”  

3) “How come doctors can’t help everyone…like your Daddy?  They should help everyone, really.”

Then there are negotiations:

4) “Why do I have to do things that I don’t want to do?  If I don’t want to become a fireman, I don’t have to, right?  Then if I don’t want to eat broccoli, I
don’t have to, right?”

5) My son:  “I’m not done yet.”
  Me: “When will you be done?”
  My son: “I will let you know.”
  Me:  “Will it be a long time from now?”
  My son: “Maybe forever…like when I ask you to play with me and you don’t because you are not done yet…and you are still not done now.”

And quotes about the future:
6) “I want to be a superhero when I grow up, so that I can save the day…even though super heros are not real.”  And lastly…

7) “When I grow up I want to be a rock star, but I don’t want to be in my Daddy’s band, he can be in mine…if I let him.”

What’s in store for next week?  Hot dog #2, perhaps. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mihal Levy used to collect degrees as a hobby.  After receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees, she worked as a psychotherapist and research scientist before continuing her hobby of...

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