Tales from the Dripped

July 31, 2012

I’m happy to report that the last two bathtime episodes could have received sponsorship from Johnson and Johnson’s No More Tears.

Apparently, the natural consequence of cold bathwater is an extreme motivator. All it took was a “Do you know what happened last time?” reference and the girl was diving in like Scrooge McDuck in a private money vault.

I really love it when the daughter chooses to make her choices based on logic over emotion and even better—logic over stubbornness. If only politicians could behave more like toddlers, or at least be motivated to do the right thing under threat level cold bathwater. Wasting time trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Mitch McConnell? Remember what happened last time? Cold showers for a month. So you can forget about steam time with Coburn. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Anyway, I’m glad that Alice is making some good choices and that bathtime seems to be back to normal. If she deserved a tattling last time, she deserves some kudos tonight. And of course, lest I get too puffed up on my parenting abilities, she’s always there to chop me down a bit with exchanges such as this:

Her: Why do I not like you?

Me: I’m not sure why, Alice.

Her: Why do I like Mommy better?

Hard to take it too personally when the verbal abuser is smiling the whole time and sitting on the potty, but I fully intend to use this against her when she asks for trendy brand-name clothing someday. Why DO I like Marshall’s better?

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4 Responses to “Tales from the Dripped”

  1. chelfea Says:

    This extended tale has been particularly amusing. If we can’t get Congress to take cold showers, maybe we could build dunk tanks under their chairs? No, YOU lie, Joe Wilson! *dunk*

    • teachiro Says:

      Would totally support that change. I also think Congress should become a little more like British Parliament, where clever trash-talking seems to be encouraged. Perhaps the witty would then rise to the top and the vapid would be exposed. And also…Toddler Dunk Tanks!

  2. Debbie Says:

    I’m loving these little peeks into your life, Ronn! And I’d like to know just how you answered Alice :-)

    • teachiro Says:

      Well, I don’t exactly recall because I wasn’t in the most rational state of mind then. However, I think it was something along the lines of, “Probably because Mommy’s a really great person, Alice. I like Mommy too!” Or it very well could have been, “Probably because you want to assert control sometimes so you attempt to use your parents’ egos to initiate a primitive power play!”


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