27 September 2008

Manners disappeared in a puff of *Magic*

Sonny Ma-Jiminy has been taught to use his manners from a young age. He just thinks that he's above using them.

Yesterday I heard him straining and reaching for something in the loungeroom. When I went in, I saw it was his special sheet. He couldn't quite reach it from his throne in the beanbag.

I wasn't going to stand for the grunting and groaning. He needed to use words, he needed to use an appropriate question, and he needed to use his manners. And my goodness, I was going to make it happen.

"Is there something you need?" I asked.

"Yes," Sonny replied.

"And what would that be?" I persisted.

"My sheet," he said hopefully.

"Is there something you'd like to ask me about your sheet?" I prompted.

"Give it to me?" Humph. Not good enough.

"Is there a magic word you'd like to use there?" I asked him.

"Abracadabra!" he shouted gleefully.


Givinya De Elba said...

PS: My silly fault really, because he's never heard them referred to as "magic words" before - the term "manners" would have made more sense to him in that situation.

tinsenpup said...

He he he. There's no denying he's a very bright little boy. When my daughter was smaller, I had this crazy idea, wait for it, that if I treated her respectfully and with manners that she would learn by osmosis to reciprocate. Ha! New parents are so entertaining, even when they're us.

I also actually taught her by rote to give that answer to that question, because we have a lot of passive-aggressive types in the extended family and they annoyed me, which I think, technically, makes me a bad, bad parent.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I should have swallowed my tea before reading this. Priceless.

Jen said...

I love it. he was just doing what you said.

Hippomanic Jen said...

I love laughing at your expense. Kids are so literal. Beautiful.

Crazy Sister said...

Once I reminded a hysterically excited Harpo about his manners, and he shrieked, "Please! Thankyou! Sorry! Excuse me!"

I fell about laughing and let him go, figuring he'd covered all his bases!

Givinya De Elba said...

Sonny Ma-Jiminy, for no particular reason, sometimes uses the "singular" of manners words: "Plea" and "Thank."

No idea why.