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23 December 2010 @ 09:28 am
And a Cute Kid Story with metaphors & morals.  
(Carrie's family is having lunch at Saltgrass Steakhouse yesterday, and Ethan is particularly animated, telling us a story about what happened the last time he was at church)

Ethan. You know how you always tell us to eat whatever is put in front of us without complaining?

Nolan. Yes.

Aaron. (Pipes up) You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!

Carrie. That's right.

Ethan. (glares at his brother) Anyway, we had cupcakes last week after the lesson, and our teacher's son asked for a cupcake with no icing. (playwright's note: This bit in italics is delivered as if it were "dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.")

Nolan. You don't say.

Ethan. Yeah! She knew that her son didn't want icing, so she saved one without just for him. She must really love him!

Nolan. Love doesn't necessarily have anything to do with that. The world isn't going to scrape the icing off your cupcake, Ethan.

Aaron. (pipes up again) That's okay with me. I like icing.

(There is a silence, in which we all ponder what's been said and the ramifications thereof...)

Aaron. Oh. That was a metaphor, wasn't it, Dad?

Carrie. (narrowly stops herself from swearing) What the-- A.J., what kind of eight year-old knows what a metaphor is?

Ethan. (preens) The kind with a ten year-old brother!

Aaron. (glares at Ethan) The kind that ignores his brother and listens to his mom.

I don't know of what I'm more proud: The fact that Nolan USED a metaphor, or the fact that the eight year-old listens to me talk enough to know what that particular figure of speech means.
I feel:: calmcalm
I hear:: Abs still sawing logs
O Demanding One: Winter: Cute Little Snowman Dudeheyurs on December 23rd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)

That eight yr old is too darn precious and cute for his own knowing! Goodness! I could just squeeze him! xD

carriescribbles: CLcarriescribbles on December 23rd, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
I can and do squeeze him. Often.
O Demanding One: Winter: Precious Santa Chickenheyurs on December 23rd, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)

Good! Slip some in there for me! xD

Mala13oct on December 23rd, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Wooot! The mum win award goes to you on this one! :)
nolankyle on December 24th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Back the cuss up...
Just to clarify, no one in this family talks like that, including "the Queen". She used to but I finally broke her of the standard American dialect. No one could understand her and I got tired of translating during the holidays.

We use a lot of "ya'll's" and "bein as" and other Texas slang that would make you cry. Sometimes literally. Carrie cried for the first six months she lived in Amarillo but that's a different story.

I would like to thank all of you who are friends with my wife and the many kind things you have said. She is even more magnificent in person and I am the most blessed man in the world.

In closing, we would like to wish all of you a merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. God bless ya'll, you all, etc, etc.
Carrie Leigh: Grammar Snarkcarrie_leigh on December 24th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: Back the cuss up...
Hey, listen, pal. I talk all fancified, sometimes. Leave me alone. :)
Ayla: Confusedabitofayla on December 24th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
I admit, I still confuse metaphors and similes. Then I remember that similies(sp?) use "like" or "as" becaues "as" and "simile(WTFEVER sp!)" both have an "s".

I don't realize I use metaphors either. Like me not being the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. Totally blindsided me.
rupert_talley: Kid from UP happyrupert_talley on December 24th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
That's just awesome all around to be honest.

sidenote* yum at Saltgrass