Big has reached the age (and the verbal skill) where he is attempting to reason with me. Verbal battles with a 2 year old. Wahoo. He clearly thinks he is right most of the time, but if he realizes he was in the wrong he plays dumb. The oh-I-didn't-realize-that-was-the-rule card. Let me just give you a few examples from my day today...
While the boys were eating lunch, I attempted to talk to Rophone on the phone for a few minutes. As I was doing so, Big dumped some of his lime-aid on the table and began to slap it with his hands while yelling, "Bam! BAM!", sending a lime-aid spray everywhere. Here's how our conversation went:
Me: "Big, Big! We don't spill our drink and then slap it!"
Big: "But I said 'BAM!', Mom"
Me: "Yeah, you said 'BAM!', but it doesn't matter! You still don't do it!"
Big: (obviously still not getting the point) "But I said 'BAM!'"
What is it with boys thinking that sound effects make everything great?!?.... Not great!!
I wiped up the mess on the table and on Big, and as I turned to rinse out the rag at the sink, Big grabbed a crayon and wrote on the table.
Me: "BIG! What are you doing?! You don't write on the table!"
Big: "But don't you see that I wrote a 'T'?"
Me: "Sure. Nice 'T', Big. But you don't write on the table!!"
Big: "But I wrote a 'T'"
Me: "Only on paper, Big. Only on paper." (Like I haven't said that before.)
I finally resorted to taking Big outside to play basketball. They're tearing up our street to replace pipe, so there was a lot to watch in between shots. It kept him pretty well occupied, thank goodness!
After a few hours outside, I figured we'd be okay to go back in and was praying for a minimum of mischievousness on Big's part. But, after dinner, Ginger came in to announce that Big had used colored pencil on Bud's bedroom wall (in the same place he drew a few weeks ago!).
When Big came into the room, it went something like this--
Rophone: "Big! You DO NOT write on the wall!"
Big: (blank stare... crickets chirping....)
Rophone: "Writing on the wall is a no-no!"
Big: (blank stare.... wind whistling.....)
Me: "We only write on paper, Big."
Big: "Oh. Only on paper?" (like he's never heard that before!)
He knows when it's smart to play dumb, that's for sure. This should be interesting.