It’s Not All Mary Poppins

She’s so wise

Emma has taken three tots to the library. As they check out their books, Timmy wants to know,

“Are we going to the coffee shop, Emma?”

They know the patterns so well. First the library, then the coffee shop. Every time. But it never hurts to double-check!

“I don’t know. Do you guys want to go to the coffee shop?” Just for the fun of…

Timmy and Anna commence to bounce. “YEEEAH! YEEEEAH! YEEEAH!”


It’s not a big voice, it’s not angry or demanding, yet somehow it cuts through the clamour.


Timmy stops bouncing, near-panic in his eyes.

“Emma! Noah says he doesn’t want to go to the coffee shop!”

“It’s okay, Timmy. Noah is saying ‘no’ because he’s almost two years old. You can ignore him.”

Timmy wilts with relief. Mother-of-toddler in line behind them asks Emma if she needs any more babysitting clients.


March 16, 2009 - Posted by | my kids, Noah, our adoring public, outings, power struggle, Timmy


  1. Haha! Looks like she’s got two-year-olds pegged!

    She does indeed. No surprises there; she’s seen dozens, after all. She has more experience at 15 than most of us have when we’re all grown up and having our own!

    Comment by rosie_kate | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. That is completely awesome!

    Comment by b*babbler | March 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hilarious! Your daughter sounds like such a good sport.

    Comment by Clementine | March 16, 2009 | Reply

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