Quips and Quotes Friday

Grammar is my “thing.”  Listening to someone use incorrect grammar is very much like listening to someone scratch fingernails down a chalkboard.  It “hurts” my ears in the same way.  For that reason, I really work hard to be sure my children understand how to communication correctly.  The other day, 7-year old Braden was trying to tell me a story.  The conversation went like this:

“So,” said Braden, “Sister and me were going to the…”

Interrupting him, I said, “Sister and I.”

Braden looked at me with a confused expression and then started over.  “So Sister and me were going to the…”

Again I interrupted.  “Sister and I.”

“No,” Braden said.  “Sister and me were going to the…”

Yet again I interrupted.  “Sister and I.”

“No!” Braden said in a clearly irritated voice.  “Quit interrupting me!  You weren’t even there!  Sister and ME were there!  Why do you keep saying ‘Sister and I’ when you weren’t even there?  It was just Sister and me!”

And so I’ve been told!

Let’s Play a Game…I’ll Tell you What to Say

As children get older, they get more creative and come up with some of the best ideas to get what they want.  Last week, 7-year old Braden wanted to go visit his little friend who lives a couple of blocks down the street.

“Mom,” said Braden.  “Can I ride my bike to Kellen’s house?”

“No.  Not today.”  I replied.

Apparently, this wasn’t how Braden saw this scenario playing out.  So he decided that a prompt was necessary.  “No…that’s not the right answer,” he said.  “Let’s try again.  I’ll show you.  Now watch:  I say, ‘Mom, can I ride my bike to Kellen’s house?’ and you say, ‘Yes Sweetheart.’  Now, wanna try it again?”

“Ummm…okay…” I said.

“Okay,” Braden said.  “I’ll go first.  Mom, can I ride my bike to Kellen’s house?”

“No.”  I said.

“Ugghh!  You weren’t listening!  I’m supposed to say, ‘Mom, can I ride my bike to Kellen’s house?’ and you’re supposed to say ‘Yes.”  Now pay attention and let’s try it again.”

The urge to keep this going was almost too much to resist.

11 thoughts on “Quips and Quotes Friday

  1. Anita

    Seriously, you need to write a book! Please! I would buy many copies to spread around! Even if you self-publish (check out Authorhouse Publishing) it would be worth it!

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    1. Thank you! That’s a really nice thing to say. 🙂 If I could figure out a format, I would probably jump at it. Unfortunately, all I really have are short little anecdotes and “quips and quotes.” 🙂 Some day, maybe…

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  2. The grammar thing was always confusing to me. I remember once asking the teacher, “Can I go to the bathroom?” Of course it was my English teacher, so she replied, “May I go to the bathroom.” In my little pea brain I couldn’t figure out why she was asking me the same question! I stood at her desk in the front of the class for a few rounds until I caught on. I’m feeling Braden’s frustration – after all Cathie, you really weren’t there! hahaha!

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    1. You and I are wayyyyy too much alike! I had an almost identical experience! Maybe that’s why I’m so adamant about grammatically correct sentences: I want to make sure nobody keeps me from going to the bathroom in the future! LOL

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  3. Hahaha! This reminds me of the Who’s on First Abbot and Costello Skit! That’s so funny. Once one of my kids had a friend from school who I had never met who they wanted to invite over to play. My daughter started out by saying, Can he come over to play? Who? I asked. He! she said. Can who come over to play? I said. He that’s who! She said. We went around and around and it turned out the little kid’s first name was Hee. It was so funny.

    That Brandon is a barrel of laughs!

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