It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Penalty Block

Darcy has been to a fair number of hockey games in his short life. He explains some of the subtleties to his friends.

“If you do a bad thing to another player, you’ll go to the penalty.”

Arthur grasps this concept somewhat incompletely, and remarks to George, “At ten o’clock you have to come with me and go to the penalty.”

George is having nothing of this. “No I won’t go with you. I don’t have a penalty.” He’s a little indignant at having been so impugned.

Darcy tries a second time. “You don’t go when you want to. It’s only if you do something bad.”

Arthur is not to be deflected. “Come here, George, and I will give you this penalty.”

George and Darcy look at his offering in some disdain. “That’s a block. A penalty isn’t a block. It’s where you go if you were bad to another player.”

“It’s like the Quiet Stair, Arthur,” George adds.

“Yeah,” Darcy concurs. I’m impressed. It is like the quiet stair. The parallel is perfect.

“But I wanted to give this penalty to George,” Arthur insists, holding out the block. Evidently, Arthur’s mind is made up and is not to be deflected by mere facts.

“That’s NOT a penalty!!” Darcy and George bellow together in exasperation. George makes an appeal to the referee.

“Mary, can you tell Arthur to go sit on the Quiet Stair? He’s not listening to us at all.”

Two minutes to Arthur for wilfull oblivion.

March 10, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. And in case anyone is wondering: No, he did not get sent to the Quiet Stair for this!

    Comment by Mary P. | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  2. I knew what you meant. You were giving the play-by-play, as if you were actually at a hockey game.

    This reminds me that yesterday Christian got scared up on the doctor’s examination table because it was too high, so I told him he had a little vertigo.

    He thought it was a new, cute nickname. That I was calling him, “Little Vertigo.”

    And he liked it.

    Comment by jen-o-rama | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  3. Man oh man. Talk about re-living my son’s early years! That just brought back all the stress of trying to get through to him!

    Comment by Candace | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  4. Arthur’s father is Typhoid Marty, isn’t he?

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  5. I love how they tried so hard to work things out and explain to Arthur and only in a moment of extreme frustration did they turn to you. Those are some good conflict management skills there; it couldn’t gotten way out of control if they hadn’t all stayed (at least relatively) calm.

    Comment by Angela | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  6. Jen: “Little Vertigo” – Verty for short. I like it.

    Candace: It’s a full-time job, some days! This time it was Darcy and George bearing the brunt of the work. I don’t know that I would have been any more effective.

    MsS: “Typhoid Marty”!! Too perfect! That is now going to be his nick-name in my mind, from here on in. What’s even better is YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!! The woman is a genius.

    Angela: They did very well, those boys. I was proud of them. Lots of talking, a little increased volume, but not even to the point of yelling, and no thumping at all. Well done!

    Comment by Mary P. | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  7. are these kids Canadian, by chance?
    Yes, I am finding it really neat to watch them start making logical leaps and really thinking with those little brains. Misterpie was so impressed this morning when Pumpkinpie looked out the window at swaying trees and deduced that it was “windy” out. He’s such the proud papa.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  8. Kittenpie: Indeed they are. We’re in Ottawa. How old is Pumpkinpie?

    Comment by Mary P. | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  9. I will give all three of them a big big hug… ymmmm they are so cute. 🙂

    Comment by Queen Bee | March 11, 2006 | Reply

  10. 2 at the end of April. She’s not an incredible genius, just a great kid, but her dad is so impressed with every progression in thought process. It IS pretty neat, but he’s extra crazy.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 11, 2006 | Reply

  11. Willful oblivion make my daughter Meredith crazy.

    Comment by Peter | March 15, 2006 | Reply

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