November 29, 2008

Never too young to mess with...

Tonight Savannah came into our bedroom holding a small, white scrap of paper in her hands.

In a worried little voice she asked, "Mama, what's a consumer (pronounced 'kahn-soomer')"?

Thinking that she had been watching television reports on Christmas spending or something similar, I replied that it's a person who buys something.

She silently held out the slip of paper, ripped off of her mattress just moments before:

"UNDER PENALTY OF LAW
THIS TAG NOT TO BE REMOVED
EXCEPT BY THE CONSUMER"

"Will I get in trouble if I take this off?" was her next timid question.

My motherly response, said with a completely straight face: "Oh man, I'm sorry, but you are sooo going to jail..."

Sometimes I really don't know what gets into me, but I can't seem to help myself. What fun is having children if you can't mess with their minds, just a little!

5 comments:

Lo said...

So, mean mom, did she cry?
Beaux was laughing out loud.

Tracy said...

No... Tom ruined it by laughing. Later she did tell me that she was afraid to even show me. She didn't think she was a consumer :)

Robert Schmidt said...

You mean you CAN remove these tags...?

Jess said...

That was great. Poor thing.

Anonymous said...

Your response is most appropreate except for the "jail" reference. A little mind-messing keeps the kids on their toes........:)