It’s Not All Mary Poppins

It sounded good in theory

“You don’t hit me!” William’s voice is thick with indignation. “Hitting is bad! No hitting!”

Nissa watches his frothing with a mixture of curiosity and concern.

“All right, William. You’re using your words, and that’s good, but you don’t need to shout. Nissa, did you hit William?” Nissa is young enough that she doesn’t yet lie. Ask her a question and, if she understands it, you’ll get a straight answer. Or, in this case, you get silence, which amounts to the same thing. The girl, Canadian though she is, is pleading the fifth. So, yup, she hit him, and on purpose, too.

“Hitting is wrong, Nissa,” William continues. “Hands are for hugging, not for hitting. It doesn’t matter what happens, you don’t hit.” He’s being a bit pompous, but I let him. He’s saying all the right things, though the self-righteousness is a bit thick in the air.

“Even if you’re mad at me, you don’t hit. Even if I hit you first, you don’t hit!”


“William. Did you hit Nissa?”

“Yeah, but she shouldn’t hit, no matter what!” His righteous indignation surges like a wave, propelling the inadvertant confession past his lips. Oops.

“And what about you, mister?”

His eyes widen as he realizes his error.

You know, life would be so much easier if everyone ELSE followed the rules. You could get away with anything!

December 1, 2009 - Posted by | aggression, Nissa | , ,


  1. That’s very funny. It’s hard being too honest sometimes.

    Comment by Mwa | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. I would have loved to see those eyes. (But I probably would have burst out laughing, which is why I don’t do what you do!)

    Comment by ClumberKim | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. Oh. Ooops. Didn’t mean to mention THAT, did he? *grin*

    Comment by Ms. Huis Herself | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. Oh, how hilarious! The truth does come out, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Rosie_Kate | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. You just gotta love a tot’s righteous indignation. I know what the rules are and “Even if I hit you first…”

    Oops, indeed.

    Reminds me of Hubby and his driving habits…as long as everyone else follows the rules then him breaking them shouldn’t be an issue, right?

    Yeah, there’s still remnants of ‘only child’ in him. 🙂

    Comment by Zayna | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hilarious!! I love it when they are too young to lie and you can ask them anything.

    Comment by Tammy | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  7. I seem to be having this conversation every day.

    Comment by Kat | December 3, 2009 | Reply

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