It’s Not All Mary Poppins

He has an Ulterior Motive

“What’s dat?”

Nigel has arrived for the day, and has stopped in the middle of removing his boots to stab a pudgy finger toward the ceiling.

“That’s mistletoe, sweetie. You know what it’s for? It’s for KISSING!!” Nigel receives a stream of boisterous smooches, starting with his chubby cheeks and working down under his soft little chin. He shrieks in delight.

A few minutes later, Adam comes downstairs. “What’s dat?” Nigel points up again, blue eyes wide and innocent.

“It’s mistletoe, bud.” The answer is distracted; Adam is getting ready for school.

“What’s dat??” The tone is more insistent.

Adam’s head comes up and he looks directly upon the tot. “Mistletoe, silly. I told you already.”

“What’s dat??” He doesn’t quite stomp his baby foot, but you can tell he’s on the verge.

“Mistletoe. You know why it’s there?” As Adam starts to swoop, Nigel’s face lights up. Adam picks him up and deposits a loud, squeaking cartoon kiss on the top of his head. Nigel squeals his approval. Adam gives me a hug, then heads out the door.

Emily’s mom comes throught the door.

“What’s dat?”

That mistletoe has never gotten such mileage before! Little Mr. “What’s dat?” must have received upwards of 27 rambunctious smooches yesterday. And he’s not the only one who takes advantage of the thing in this house.


Merry Christmas!

© 2006, Mary P

December 19, 2006 - Posted by | Christmas, Mischief, the things they say!


  1. I’ll have to try that too.

    Comment by Z | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hee hee! At least he’s a lover and not a fighter. 🙂

    Comment by stefanierj | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  3. They’ve ALWAYS got ulterior motives for just about everything under the sun! Too cute that he’s capitalizing on as many kisses he can get!

    *smooches to you!*

    Comment by Mama's Moon | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  4. Merry Christmas Mary P.

    Comment by Granny | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  5. That’s adorable. Looks like he won’t be one of those kids that avoid hugs, kisses, and cheek-pinching when he grows up. That is, unless he passes through an anti-cootie stage.

    Comment by Perichoresis | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  6. what a brilliant child! at least being sneaky to get kisses isn’t too awful in the long run. there are certainly worse things he could be doing with ulterior motives… 😛

    happy christmas to you and your mistletoe!

    Comment by lara | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  7. Smart little boy!

    Comment by kimmyk | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  8. Oh, I love it! What a smart guy. If that’s his ulterior motives, that ain’t so bad. I need to find some mistletoe for our house. Hmmm…

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  9. Hmmm. Maybe I OUGHT to start hanging some! That is sure a cute baby you have there.

    Comment by kittenpie | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  10. What’s Dat? I say, lips ready for a smooch

    Comment by Peter | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  11. Z: Clever little monkey, isn’t he?

    Stefanie: He’s a charmer – and he knows it!

    Mama’sMoon: Kisses aren’t such a bad thing to covet, and he’s going about it all the right ways!

    Granny: Merry Christmas to you, too!

    Perichoresis: Oh, he’ll go through the cootie stage – they all do. Thankfully, we have a few years before he learns about that. 🙂

    Lara: Well, exactly. Who can begrudge such a cutie all the kisses he wants? Certainly not me!!

    Kimmyk: He is indeed! Just as smart as his big brother, George, and with the whole family’s allotment of the sense of humour… heh.

    MamacitaTina: Our mistletoe is just plastic. It works just fine – year after year.

    Kittenpie: Isn’t he? This is SUCH a good group I have this year. Best group dynamic I’ve had in about five years, and I’m LOVING it!

    Peter: And if you were here, you’d be getting one. 😉 Loves me my mistletoe! (Oh! Or would you prefer your smooches from Nigel?)

    Comment by Mary P. | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  12. What a sweetie!!

    Comment by Sandra | December 22, 2006 | Reply

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    Comment by chosha | December 29, 2006 | Reply

  14. What a playah! haha

    I’ve never actually seen real mistletoe. Maybe it doesn’t grow here. I think I’ve seen fake mistletoe, but only once. Good fun, but. 🙂

    Comment by chosha | December 29, 2006 | Reply

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