Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SHIRLEY! NINETY-SEVEN! GO!

Shirley and I had a very stern talk yesterday about touching outlets. Today, Baby Richard and I had the same talk. Now Shirley feels smug and superior while Baby's feelings are hurt.
I can't help but feel like I'm repeating myself an awful lot. Not to mention, if Shirley is still inclined to touch outlets, and I'm just starting to teach Richard now...I may be saying this for a long time. Follow me?
I am thinking of writing these oft-repeated mom-isms down, almost like a playbook.
For instance,
Rule #1: Obey the first time you are asked.
Rule #2: No whining.
Rule #3: Don't hit.
Rule #4: Don't touch outlets.
So on and so forth...
Then, when I'm in the middle of something, I can just call out, "Shirley! SEVENTEEN!" And she'll jump up and make dinner.

5 comments:

kristi noser said...

good plan!

Anonymous said...

If you come up with a viable plan that actually works... you will make history. No mom before you has ever successfully done that. Go for it! Shoot for the Moon! To Infinity and Beyond! Send us back reports. We WILL WANT TO KNOW how it's going! And in the meantime, you will be repeating yourself.... a lot.

Carole

Kelli said...

Oh, woman. I just love your humor.

carrie said...

This made me laugh. Thanks Erin.

Kandi said...

Okay, remember the scene in "The Sound of Music" when Captain Von Trapp used the whistle to beckon the children? I'm picturing you doing that in your house, but with numbers.