It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Work with Me Here

Arthur has a wheelbarrow, brought from home, which has been at our place for a few days now. It’s a popular toy, probably by virtue of its novelty. At the moment Arthur has it, but George comes and tries to pull it from his hands. It’s not as rude as it sounds, rather a matter of poor co-ordination of words and action: George asks for it while he reaches for it instead of before. Arthur, not surprisingly, resists this importunity.

I remove George’s hand from the wheelbarrow, and commence to facilitate negotiations. Arthur is not averse to sharing, merely to being presumed upon, and so it only takes a moment before he decides that George may have a turn. George stands and watches while this occurs. Now it’s George’s turn to observe the social niceties:

“There, George! Arthur says you may play with his wheelbarrow now. What do you say to Arthur?”

“I want to play ball with Darcy.”

June 23, 2005 - Posted by | Arthur, George, manners


  1. Kids are so distractable. I mean, just the other day

    Hey look!

    Something shiny!

    Comment by misfit | June 23, 2005 | Reply

  2. heeheehee…

    Mothers are so distractable. I think it has to do with never getting a chance to finish a single thought. For about ten years.

    Comment by Mary P. | June 23, 2005 | Reply

  3. It is tragic that our ability to shift those gears lessens as we get older. Kids are truly amazing.

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | June 24, 2005 | Reply

  4. Your gang sounds wonderful and very funny. Even if they don’t mean to be.

    Comment by August95 | June 24, 2005 | Reply

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