It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Out of the mouths of babes…

Four children sit around the table, their bowls full of warm-but-not-hot pasta. (All pasta, after being drained, is immersed briefly in cold water before being drained a second time. Toddlers prefer room-temperature food, and I prefer no accidental burns!) I sip a cup of tea, overseeing but not eating.

(Many caregivers eat with their charges. Me, I prefer to eat my meal uninterrupted — and finish it before it goes stone cold. So I sip my tea whilst encouraging basic civility amongst the barbarian hordes, and defer my own food for nap-time.)

The tepid food notwithstanding, Emily is industriously blowing on her spoonful. She instructs Timmy to do likewise. He ignores her counsel, and stuffs a large spoonful into his mouth.

“NO, Timmy, you gots to go like this!” And she leans over and blows vigorously into his bowl.
“No, Emily!” Timmy is not pleased.

I’m on-side with Timmy. Anyone who’s spent any time around toddlers knows that all exhalations are loaded. She may think she’s just cooling it down … and perhaps she is, but we’d prefer it to be accomplished with air, not spit. Thanksomuch.

I have tea in my mouth, though, so before I can redirect her eager efforts, Timmy bursts out again.


Oh dear. The boy needs a new bowl now. It may or may not have Emily-spit in it, but it certainly has tea in it. Really, really unhygenic tea.


August 5, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hee hee! This week I’ve been doing alot of whiping of my 2 year old’s nose. I’d keep telling him “Blow”. A few days ago he brought me a kleenex and said “Blow me Mommy”. I thought “Man, Fraude would have a field day with that!”

    Comment by Athena | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. I an giggling

    Comment by Peter | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. Give it fifteen years…

    Comment by kittenpie | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Aw Kittenpie, you beat me to it…I was going to write something similar. Well, great minds and all that eh, or maybe just dirty ones?

    Great post Mary, this category is fast becoming my favourite.

    Comment by Zayna | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. Seriously just made my day! Why is it that the toddler I watch doesn’t say extremely funny stuff like that?! Although she did used to go around the house yelling, “whats up fools?!”

    Comment by Kelsey | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. Man there was nearly tea over my screen when i read this!!! Don’t they say the darndest things!!! Bless ’em.

    Comment by Gill | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. Well Mary, what sort of daycare are you running there!! At least 2 of mine will be getting married first, because they love each other and he will buy her flowers. Kids are funny, really funny. It helps to laugh in this line of work, so you don’t strangle some of the parents.

    Comment by Rita | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. […] If you wanna read something funny and the words "DON’T BLOW ME" said by someone of the male persuasion, then go see this! […]

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  9. Made me laugh out loud! That’s awesome!

    Comment by Bree | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  10. Probably one of the few times in his life he is going to say ‘NO’ to one of them…. *smirk*

    Comment by Suzi | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  11. What Suzi said :-). THAT was funny (especially when I visualized the spit-take with the tea).

    Comment by Florinda | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  12. LMFAO!!! That is freakin hilarious!! 😮

    Comment by froggylove | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  13. Echoing a lot of the other comments, one that ‘don’t’ will be replaced with a ‘please’. But how sweet that he’s too young and innocent to even know why that was funny. 🙂

    Comment by chosha | August 7, 2008 | Reply

  14. Innocent sayings from the kiddos like this just crack me up!

    Comment by mamacita tina | August 10, 2008 | Reply

  15. Too funny! It’s so sweet how they are at that age.

    Comment by Dani | August 11, 2008 | Reply

  16. Love it!


    Comment by red pen mama | August 13, 2008 | Reply

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