When Adelade was three, I was trying to teach her to say “please” and “thank you.” I would often prompt her when people paid her compliments, singing in that motherly way, “What do you say?” and she would (usually) dutifully respond with a thank you.
She was going through a major Cinderella phase at the time, and she watched the movie almost every day. One day she asked me to get something off of a high shelf for her. Never one to miss an opportunity, I prompted her: “What’s the magic word?” She sweetly looked up a me and answered without a hint of sarcasm: “Bibbity-bobbity-boo.”
Have a magical Wednesday!
Thank you for being a part of my life. Your notes make such a difference on those days when it’s hard to see the good.
Robert, I’m so glad you’re here. 🙂
im an 11 year old mom. and i still have silly ways of wanting to prompt stuff to my son. let me tell u something interesting. in india, amongst us gujratis (read hindus), we greet people with the lords name. well…. once upon a time we used to. especially when we meet elders we greet em saying something like ‘jaishrikrishna” (hail lord krishna) n even touch their feet (to be blessed). worried that my son may never be able to comprehend (let alone learn) this gesture, every now and then (talk of inconsistent parenting ;)) i would ask him to observe how some people greet and also prompt him to do the same when older relatives visited the home. so one evening we had an 86 year old uncle visit us with his entire family (his first visit to our home) and i with all the not-so-discreet gestures prompted ansh (my son), to bow down to him n wish ‘jaishrikrishna’…. my awesome 10 year old goes… “mom, does that signal mean that bow down to old uncle aunties ritual? sorry, but i cant seem to follow whether you’re signalling me or is it for daddy?…” booooom! needless to say there was a squeal of laughter in the entire room…. and no i still havent stopped my prompts :p
its gonna be a wonderful wednesday for sure 🙂
Ha ha! At least everyone took it well! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!
Ha ha! The same thing happened with our youngest granddaughter at about the same age. When asked what the “magic word” was, she replied “Bada boom!”
Ha ha ha, Jan! That’s a good one!