It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Hygiene, sorta

From the archives. Characters, Boy 1 and Boy 2, both 2 and a half. Boy 2 is quite a bit brighter than Boy 1. (What? Don’t give me that look. Some kids just have to work a little harder, that’s all… And this one rarely bothered.)

Between them, the boys have caused a major Cheerios spill. Little oat O’s cascade all over the dining room table, bench, and floor. The boys are each given a receptacle and are set to picking them up. Boy 1, not surprisingly, is happily shovelling them into his mouth as quickly as he can manage.

Boy 2 reprimands him. “No, no, we don’t eat food offa the floor! We eat it out of a bowl, like me, see?” he says, chewing with gusto. And displays for Boy 1’s perusal a little orange bowl, filled to the brim with Cheerios.

Which he had just picked up from the floor.

August 4, 2005 - Posted by | food, manners, socializing


  1. But, you see, he was eating them out of the BOWL. That’s so totally different from the floor.


    Don’t you LOVE two-year-old logic?

    Comment by misfit | August 4, 2005 | Reply

  2. Which one did you say was brighter? 🙂

    Comment by Sharkey | August 4, 2005 | Reply

  3. Misfit: totally

    Sharkey: you might wonder, but Boy 2 was applying logic, at any rate.

    Comment by Mary P. | August 4, 2005 | Reply

  4. I remember that! Oh child logic.

    Comment by Haley | August 4, 2005 | Reply

  5. Nobody yelled “10 minute rule!”?

    Comment by Matthew | August 5, 2005 | Reply

  6. Matthew: No, they didn’t. How astonishing! Too young, perhaps? Around here, it’s usually: Swoop! “Still good!”

    Comment by Mary P. | August 5, 2005 | Reply

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