July 16, 2007

The tides are shifting

TheMonk watches his sister play with HIS toys. He knows he’s supposed to share his toys but he also knows that there are some toys like Donald The Train (but, oddly enough, not Donald’s twin brother Douglas) and the “McQueen Car” that are, without question, his.

And Swee’Pea is playing with them.

TheMonk does not like this. In months past, however, he might have let it pass. Or started to cry until Daddy or Mommy figured it out. But now… NOW!… he has his new-found voice. It might have taken a while to get used to this talking thing but while quiet, he wasn’t just sitting idly by.

No, he was taking notes.

He boldly approaches his sister and announces to her in a slightly louder than usual voice, “MY toy.”

Swee’Pea, looking up from Donald the Train that she is playing with, says, “NO! MY TOY!” And with that, she pushes her brother away.

Stumbling back, TheMonk catches his balance and takes a moment to assess the situation. He takes a step forward towards his sister, stops and announces to her in a very stern, very assertive way, “No pushing me. No pushing me. Time out!” He finishes this last phrase with a hand flourish reminiscent of the way an umpire might eject a player for arguing balls and strikes.

With that he turns and looks at his Daddy for confirmation of his understanding of the rules. Daddy, rising from his seat, agrees with TheMonk. “That’s right, Monk. Swee’Pea gets a Time Out for pushing.”

Daddy scoops up a very surprised Swee’Pea who begins to protest this turn of events obviously realizing that her days of dominating this relationship have come to a sudden and decisive end.


  1. Man, I didn’t realize girls learned that stuff so early. No wonder we don’t stand a chance!

    Comment by whit — July 16, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

  2. No Sweet Pea…Its not over…dont’ let the car incident deter you…look see check this out latest headlines: “Study: Women are in charge at home” http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20070711/sc_livescience/studywomenareinchargeathome

    See Sweet Pea…its scientifically proven that we as women will always be in charge!!

    Comment by Chinanow — July 17, 2007 @ 7:02 am

  3. There is no opportunity for TheMonk to abuse this system. Nope. None at all.

    Comment by Rattling the Kettle — July 17, 2007 @ 7:33 am

  4. Just wait until she says something along the lines of “But he gave it to me!” “Gave” being a speculative term, having been achieved by distracting her brother with a different toy, just until his grip on the target objective is weakened enough to snatch it.

    Can you tell what we’ve been dealing with around here?

    Comment by Deanna — July 17, 2007 @ 10:12 am

  5. Good for you little man!!!

    Comment by samantha jo campen — July 17, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

  6. This is only phase one. Phase two involves punching. And unfortunately, phase one is woefully short.

    Comment by How About Two? — July 18, 2007 @ 6:28 am

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