I was recently dropping Noah off at his cousins’ house for a sleepover and I gave him the usual dad spiel about behaving, being awesome, going to bed when he’s told, yada yada yada. I ended by saying, “and when you’re here, who’s the boss?”
“Aunt Tomi,” he said rolling his eyes because he already knew.
“And you’re going to do everything she tells you to do, right?” I said.
“Yes, Dad.” He was shifting his weight back and forth, chomping at the bit to head off and play with his cousins.
Then Tomi Ann chimed in. “Anything I say?”
Noah laughed. “YES!”
“You promise?!” She asked with a goofy sneer.
“Okay, then hop up and down on one foot!” she said.
Noah started laughing. “Hop up and down on one foot?”
“You said you’d do anything I tell you to do while you’re here!”
And while still giggling but not saying another word, Noah walked over to Tomi Ann and started jumping up and down on top of her foot.
My sister and I looked at each other for the briefest moment trying to figure out what Noah was doing.
And almost as quickly as we looked at each other in confusion, it dawned on both of us. He was hopping down on one foot. Her foot. And we both started laughing hysterically.
Apparently it was the first time anyone had requested such an absurd thing from him. And he got mad kudos for doing everything his aunt told him to do.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. This one reminded me of when I told Noah to give me butterfly kisses the first time. So dang cute.
My mother tells the story of one of my brothers sitting in the back seat of the car on the way home when we were all young, Protesting that he had to drop a #2, she told him to "squeeze his cheeks together" until they got home. A few blocks from the house, she checks the rear view mirror to see how this brother was doing, and he's got both hands up to his face, pushing his cheeks together, just like he was asked to. Hilarious.
lol I had to bite my cheeks to keep from laughing out loud. If I had, my 5 year old would have asked me about it, and tried it herself.
Hahaha what Noah did reminds me so much of the book Ella Enchanted, and that girl was my biggest fictional hero growing up! :P
Love it!!! Love Noah, and almost everything you write! I love that you love your kid, that he is your pride and joy, and that you show him that love without reservation. Thank you for being such a good Dad.....
That post linked to "butterfly kisses" and I wanted to share that my son and I fish kiss. LOL! Did you know that not everyone can make a fish face?
Do you know how hard it is to laugh out loud quietly?!?! In the the ER with my daughter waiting for a breathing treatment. Thanks a lot!!
He can borrow my oldest's superhero name - Captain Semantics. Always following the exact word of my "laws" as opposed to the spirit.....
Sounds like something my oldest would do; he's big on the technicality of language. Kids are so funny!
I can't believe I had already forgotten that. That was SO funny -- makes me laugh out loud just remembering. That kid is a quick thinker. And yes, thankfully, still small enough that it was hilarious instead of painful...
I was having a big family party, and my eldest, then about 4, was sitting with my brother chatting. I sat down with them for a breather, and overheard the following: Uncle: "So, there are lots of new cousins here today!" Daughter: "Yes, but some are not so new." Uncle: "But there is also a new baby cousin too, right? And so many you only met today." Daughter: "Yep." Uncle: "So, can you name them all?" Daughter: "No, silly. They already HAVE names."
This confirms it even more. Noah is one of THE most awesome-est kiddles in the universe! :D One of them... my daughter and grand-daughter are also in his esteemed company. :D