Monday, October 13, 2008

little pitchers and big ears

I hate him! I look up startled. She's never said that before and I'm surprised. Baby, I say. Hate is a really strong word. Are you sure you mean hate? Yes.

Honey, hate is not a nice word. You can not like someone, but hate is for really important things. Like broccoli? she says and starts cracking up.

I'm serious, M. Do you ever hear mommy or daddy say we hate people? Smugly, I sit and wait. I am at once Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. We are not the kind who speaks of hate.

Yes mommy. You hate John McCain.

Shit. As I simultaneously scan recent memory and and also realize this is now blog fodder I am silent for a minute while J ever calmly says Mommy might not agree with John McCain's ideas but she doesn't hate him. I think it over. He's right, I don't hate that guy. Even if I cannot stand to look at him right now, I don't actually hate him. But I am not sure I can say the same for his sidekick. I'm actually not sure, she might actually turn me into a hater. I don't think I've said it out loud but sometimes I can't help but yell at the TV.

No matter, she's busted me all the same.


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31 comments:

Omaha Mama said...

I use the word hate more than I should. Saying things like, "I hate it when that happens." My B always calls me out. Mama that's a bad word.
Sometimes they bust us, you are sure right about that.

ewe are here said...

I've never really thought too much about using the word hate. May have to.

But, with that in mind, I'll admit that I now hate McCain and Palin and what they stand for (everything I dislike and fear for our country), what what they're not standing up against and passively condoning (the vitriole and suggested violence against the 'other side'). The thought of them taking office makes me want to cry for the future of our country and its values, and I think that's something worth hating.

QT said...

That little M sure is growing up fast....and yeah, busted.

Magpie said...

Always charming when the child tosses something back at you.

We've not discussed the "bad man" in awhile - and she doesn't know (yet) that his son is in her kindergarten class. That will be interesting...

Little Monkies said...

Just had that same thing happen this weekend.

This election is killing me.

Monkey is suddenly uber-aware of it all.

Keep the faith, mama!

Kyla said...

Don't you just HATE it when you get busted? ;) Their little minds are just so quick!

Sheri said...

Lol, they catch everything. My 13 year old son and I have been discussing the election. I want him to think for himself but I'm having a hard time keeping my very strong opinions out of our conversations.

blooming desertpea said...

There is so much truth in the saying that our kids are our mirrors, eh?

Arwen said...

I may not hate the republican nominees but I am certainly avoiding everyone who I know is voting for them because I feel a lot of angst towards them.

Anjali said...

M is just too quick for her (and your) own good.

bgirl said...

hilarious.

Anonymous said...

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/CartoonPopUp.aspx?id=308264126311140

...and this is what I hate and find terrifying!

crazymumma said...

Don't you think hate has a place?

someone please make sure I get my period soon.

Anyhow. She totally busted you.

Mayberry said...

My kids keep wanting to refer to McCain as the "bad guy" (because they know Obama is "the good guy"). I keep feebly reminding them that while I don't agree with McCain and I don't think he will do a good job for our country, we don't need to call him a bad guy.

painted maypole said...

sometimes it IS harder than others to not hate a person!

;)

patches said...

You aren't alone in this dilemma.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

oh, she is a tough one to like isn't she?

Jerri Ann said...

Shortly after or maybe mid-stream of teaching our children that "hate" is not really a bad word, just not a good one, my mom and 2 children had this conversation:

scene: my husband is working on my mom's dishwasher

Son #1 says: my daddy is fixing it for you nanny

Nanny says: I know, I hate that (meaning that she hated he was having to waste his afternoon working on her dish washer)

both children in unison: oooooo you said hate, we don't use that word...

go figure!

hele said...

You should pay her a small commission - a blog fodder fee

marymurtz said...

Dude.
You were so busted. Rabbit got excited the other day when she saw McCain on TV and I had to tell her we wanted Obama to win. She said "But I like John McCain!" I said "You're only 6. What do you know?" and then had to walk into the kitchen and take a xanax.

Deezee said...

Hmmm, if the feeling I have for the less-than-dynamic-duo isn't hate, I simply can't imagine what hatred feels like...

...cuz really, aren't they the best spreaders of hate out there????

Deezee said...

and marymutrz, that is just too funny!

Expatriate Chef said...

I hate it when I get busted by my Kiddo! :) And it happens, too often!

flutter said...

hate ideas, not people :)

Hetha said...

she brings out the same emotion in me and ever since she was named I have lost all respect for the man.

Maggie, Dammit said...

BUSTED!

I love it.

Don Mills Diva said...

Yup.

Little pitchers indeed.

carol at A Second Cup said...

Kids don't miss a thing!

alejna said...

Busted, all right.

I'm not really sure I hate anybody, though I've been known to toss around the word. I certainly hate what they are doing. And much of what they've done. And said. And hate the idea of what they might do if they get elected. And hate so much of what they stand for. So, um...at what point do I decide I hate the actual people? It's a fine line, I tell you.

I hate that.

mamatulip said...

Yeah, busted...

the walls have ears, yanno?

Janet said...

I only realized recently that the kids are listening to what we say ALL THE TIME. Even when they are in bed. Even when they appear to be nowhere in sight. ALL THE TIME.