March 17, 2005


After worship and Bible classes, the little kids of our congregation head up to the front to play. They like to jump off the platform and by staying up front they are less likely to bowl over any little old ladies in hairnets. Last night, all the kids were doing their best Superman impersonations and taking flying leaps off the steps when I decided it was time to get my children home. I stuck The Girl under my arm and told The Boy it was time to put his shoes back on.

"No, Mom! I'm not going yet. I need a reasonable amount of time to play!"

Naturally, I told him that the reasonable man standard did not apply to mothers and he was going to get the choice of putting his shoes on and hustling along with or without trouble, but I was laughing inside. Reasonable! Heh.


I sense a defense attorney in the making...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 17, 2005 09:33 AM

All right, so I could never get him to say his daddy was a formalist, but knowing that he pleads for reasonableness sure warms his Aunt Mimi's heart.

Posted by: Frazier at March 17, 2005 09:37 AM

Terry, we've already been worrying about that. He got in trouble once in Bible class for arguing with the teacher about one of the other kid's wrongdoing and asking, "So what are you going to do if he doesn't do what you say?" He always turns defense attorney for his sister too -- except when he plays prosecutor.

Frazier, I knew you'd like this story. I think The Girl is more likely to call her daddy a formalist though.

Posted by: Jordana at March 17, 2005 09:45 AM

I'm going to have to figure out how to keep my laughter in. Even now, when Jay exasperates me, I start half-laughing (maybe just to keep from crying; dunno). I don't think he's paying much attention to my reactions at the ripe old age of 6 mos, but it'll happen before too long!

Posted by: Lenise at March 17, 2005 12:50 PM

HE's the 6-mo old, by the way, not me :)

Posted by: Lenise at March 17, 2005 12:51 PM

LOL!!! That is too funny.
A budding lawyer, I suspect.

Posted by: chris at March 18, 2005 06:42 AM