What a mouthy thing!

Tina the three-year-old has a policy whereby she always disagrees with Papa.  If I say, “You are my cutsie!,” she has to say, “No, I am mama’s tootsie.”  If I say, “You are Tina,” she must respond, “No, I am Tina Ree Homes” (Faustina Marie Holmes).  Just this morning, as we began a conversation, I asked her, “Are you going to disagree with Papa?”  “Uh-huh!” she assured me cheerfully.

So sometimes I say things just to provide some kind of reasonable provocation for the inevitable disagreement.  This evening when she asked for a drink, I told her, “I will give you a drink–on your head!”

“No,” she retorted, “in my mouth!”

“Your mouth is in your head,” I pointed out.

“No,” she said, dutifully following policy but unsure how to conclude the sentence, “it’s in my…mouthy thing.”


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Author: Dr. Holmes

Dr. Jeremy Holmes teaches Theology at Wyoming Catholic College. He lives in Wyoming with his wife, Jacinta, and their eight children.

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