It’s Not All Mary Poppins

You Have the Power

Three little boys pound by, one at each end and one in the middle of a long strip of fabric. Round and round and round they go. Dining room, living room, hall, dining room, living room, hall…


You tolerate these things when toddlers have been stuck indoors by the rain for three days. It’s only fair.

Oh! The child at the end is shouting in distress!

“Hey, guys!” he shouts. “Stop! Stop! Stop!”

“What’s wrong?” I ask the distressed one they pound past me where I stand in the living room door.

“I’m tired of running! I don’t want to run any more! Stop! Stop! STOP!!!” His voice trails into the distance down the hall. I wait. They’re in the dining room. They’re back in the living room. Yell at distressed boy as they pass,

If you don’t want to run, then let go!

Child vanishes into the hall, his cries trailing like a banner behind. “Stop! Stop! Stooooop!” Dining room, back to living room. He calls to me, “WHaaAaAAaat?”


Child drops his arms. “oh.” The other two thunder into the distance. There is peace.

April 28, 2006 - Posted by | Arthur, Darcy, George, random and odd


  1. Too funny! I love that he’s so caught up in the moment that the most obvious solution eludes him.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | April 28, 2006 | Reply

  2. Oh yeah, drop the rope. Sometimes I need a little reminder too.

    Comment by Peter | April 28, 2006 | Reply

  3. Too funny. Poor lil guy didn’t realize he held all the power to stop it.

    Comment by kimmyk | April 28, 2006 | Reply

  4. That could apply to so many things in life but I imagine that was your intention.

    Comment by Granny | April 28, 2006 | Reply

  5. MamacitaTina: And in that, he’s not too different from the rest of us, is he? LOL

    Peter: Let go! Whhaaat? LET GO!

    kimmyk: He was a little alarmed by it all, but I laughed anyway. I’m mean that way…

    Granny: Yes, indeed. It was poor, worried George on the end, but really, it could be anyone, in a lot of situations.

    Comment by Mary P. | April 29, 2006 | Reply

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