Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Strongest & Most Powerful


The Mayor knows he is not supposed to hurt The Rooster and f
or more than two years he's resisted.

Lately she's been pushing and poking him constantly and he's started hitting her.

The Rooster wails and tattles.

The Mayor lies and denies her accusations.

Troubled, K sat and talked with The Mayor last night.

"Mayor," he said, "when you are kind, gentle and loving you become your strongest and most powerful self."

Intrigued by the idea of achieving ultimate strength and power, The Mayor pledged a renewed allegiance to kindness and gentility.

[Which I am sure he will remember and honor for... oh... fifteen minutes or so.]

The Rooster will be a tougher nut.

This morning she looked at the newspaper and said,

"Who's that?"


"That's the Dalai Lama," I told her.

"Hello Dalai!" The Rooster shouted.

I smiled at her greeting.

"This is how you say hello to the Dalai Lama," I said showing her.

With our palms pressed together, we bowed towards the photo.

She was quiet for a moment and then said,

"Why is he called dolly?"

Recognizing where she's coming from, I realized it may take awhile for her to get all the way to the kind and gentle part of the discussion.







65 comments:

slouching mom said...

Could it be that I am FIRST? Must hurry, OK, well, umm, isn't it extraordinary that kids like The Mayor and my Ben, who are gentle and kind so often, turn so brutal when it comes to their siblings? It's so...Darwinian of them.

we_be_toys said...

Love the picture of the Dolly Llama! Someday, after reiterating words of wisdom/words to live by for the millionth time, it will sink in. At least that's what I tell myself! (And then I tell myself, "Patience, Grasshopper!")Is the Road to Wisdom littered with playthings?

Family Adventure said...

That is an EXCELLENT way to teach the Mayor to be gentle. I might try that on my 7 year old...I hope I'm not too late! Cynicism seems to set it earlier and earlier.

Good luck with the Rooster. She's got spunk, that girl!

Heidi :)

WorksForMom said...

First of all. K is a genius for that wisdom! And I'm on the same wavelength as the Rooster - so I LOVED that illustration. :)

Mary Alice said...

I can understand this. I wanted to be a nurse when I was about four. I believed they just sat around in rocking chairs wearing smart white dresses with little caps and nursing babies all day.

Sounded like the best job in the world to me. Oh wait. I guess I did become a nurse...only without the smart white dress.

SouthernBell said...

I TOTALLY thought you were going to put Dolly Parton's head on top of a llama!

JoeinVegas said...

NO - it's Barbara Streisand singing Hello Dollie.
Hope you get through to the Mayor, don't know how to keep the little one from poking him though, at that age it's too much fun. Especially when you can tattle and get him in trouble.

Jenifer said...

Home life and family life really is a small universe unto itself...being good citizens is hard!

Catizhere said...

I'll have to try that one with Maggie.

We have told her that when she pushes or hits Will, she's teaching him to push and hit. She needs to be the teacher and show him how to share and how to be sweet and loving.
It works every once in a while.

CamiKaos said...

My brother and I are both gentle souls who would never harm another person and would seek to keep others from harm...

but as children we regularly tried to beat the life out of one another. I hope that the mayor and rooster find another way.

PS: I'll be hearing the rich voice of Louis Armstrong singing Hello Dolly in my head for the rest of that day. :)

Heidi Hyde said...

You are a whiz with that photoshop I tell ya. I don't know the first thing about it, dontcha know? ;)

Funny stuff as usual- thanks for the laugh.

-HH

Do you think your husband could give a Class or something? ;)

Pinks & Blues Girls said...

Richard Gere would be proud.

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Jen M. said...

I have the showtune Hello, Dolly! in my head.

andi said...

I love the way you two parent! I must try the strongest and most powerful line on Elliot to stop her from slowly destroying her wee brother. I will avoid the whole Dalai Lama thing though - lest she get exactly the same picture as Rooster did in her head. Ha ha ha.

dawn224 said...

Dolly Llama photo is great!

Emily said...

I love that you taught the Rooster how to "say hello to the Dolly Llama." That is so sweet.

hello insomnia said...

I love that the Dolly Lama has a binky. Maybe that's the secret of enlightenment.

b*babbler said...

I have to think that a soother can make anyone feel more kind and generous.

3carnations said...

Dolly Llama. Priceless. :)

furiousBall said...

you showed her the namaste bow, how cool of you.

as Michael Jackson would say, "Sha'mon"

tinakala said...

I was expecting Dolly Parton too :)

Kyla said...

Jess, I disagree. It is when you use photoshop that you are your strongest and most powerful self. ;)

Rimarama said...

You totally hit the nail on the head with this one! What else could he be to a two year old?

BTW, can you photoshop "Don's early light" for me? I've always wondered what that looked like. Also "ball kano."

liv said...

Damn it. Teach me to use photoshop. I am a moron.

*~*Cece*~* said...

Why couldn't convo's like these take place mid day, after a restful nap instead of in the morning on your way out, right? lol Cute story.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to appeal to a
child. Mine still have sibling stuff going on and they have 9 years between them and have children of their own..scary huh...
For some reason I'm much better with the grandchildren..Love them more too..shame on me.

mauniejames

Amy said...

Oh hell yeah, I'm so stealing this and trying it out on Shark Boy the next time he raps The Bear on his little noggin.

BOSSY said...

Snort. Somebody who shall remain nameless but who looks and acts an awful lot like Bossy's dad's new wife - a few years ago this *person* made a big gesture out of going to meet the Dalai Lama's doctor at a book signing at Borders.

"The Dalai Lama needs a doctor?" Bossy's mom scoffed. "I thought that was his whole point!"

Maybe you had to be there. Bossy's dad's wife? No, she wasn't there at all.

Paige said...

Can I hire you? I need someone -- not me -- to talk to young Avery about how to be her strongest and most powerful self.

Mrs. Chicken said...

"Mayor," he said, "when you are kind, gentle and loving you become your strongest and most powerful self."

I am so totally using this. What a wonderful approach.

Damselfly said...

I like the way she thinks! ;)

zellmer said...

"Mayor," he said, "when you are kind, gentle and loving you become your strongest and most powerful self."

Thank K for me, will ya? I got a little something out of this lecture myself.

Jenn said...

Wow. Our breakfast conversation traversed around "Fah-ting" and poop.

I need to step it up.

laundrylessons said...

I love the lessons and the graphic. Fighting among siblings, especially physical stuff has never been tolerated. I explained to my older son that God gave him this brother and any gift from God better not be beat up.

nutmeg said...

K's response was impressive. I remember once when I heard one of our little ones getting in trouble for hitting. Nathan wacked her bottom and said, "We don't hit!" Men are so cute.

crazymumma said...

The Dolly Lama. brilliant.

They will get it, but for awhile it is a bit Lord of The flies.

zdoodlebub said...

Is it inappropriate to be crushing on K?

fidget said...

BWHAHAHAHAHAH I love the dolly llama!I especially love that cute and paste allows people to do nefarious things with 2 images

Julie Pippert said...

Oh THAT PHOTO...the most perfect encapsulation of how our children must think of some words that are odd to them. I am LMAO!!!

And if K's words work let me know, okay? I need some miracle and if I must fly him out here to get his message across to my kids (because goodness knows my techniques haven't worked!) I'm nearly desperate enough to do it.

Julie
Using My Words

Kellan said...

Very cute - and the picture is darling with that pacifier in her mouth. See ya.

mamatulip said...

The Dolly Llama.

That is BRILLIANT.

(You haven't been far from my thoughts, Jess. Hope you're holding up okay and having more good days than bad.)

carrie said...

That is good.

I love the eastern philosophy present in your home! I may need to try those suggestions out on my boys when they are going at it because so far, the taekwondo "mind over body" stuff isn't working all that well.

Lotus Siva Carroll said...

Harharhar! Dolly Llama!

["Mayor," he said, "when you are kind, gentle and loving you become your strongest and most powerful self."]

*sigh* I think this is WAY sexier than the whole park ranger thingie.

;-)

Lisa Milton said...

I'm coming out of my stupor and have been rewarded with Holy furry llamas - oh life is good.

jakelliesmom said...

From this moment forward, whenever anyone mentions His Holiness, that's the only image I'm going to remember.

(This now replaces my other immediate recollection, which includes memorable lines "Caddyshack.")

holly said...

thank you for doing that. i love that i'm going to sleep with the picture of the dolly llama in my head!

Mrs. Chicky said...

That's it! Instead of alpacas, I'll raise dolly llamas. Brilliant.

(I'll make sure Rooster gets a get off all the profits)

Bastet said...

I don't know if I will ever be able to get that image out of my head, I will be laughing for days!

Little Monkies said...

When I first looked at the photo, I thought it was a sheep and that Rooster was talking about "Dolly" the cloned sheep and I though "OH MY GOD THE KID IS A GENIUS!"

Only if she's like her mama.

flutter said...

Hysterical

slackermommy said...

You are such a good mama. And with serious photoshop skillz.

Serina Hope said...

LOL The Dolly Llama has me rolling.
I wish I could convince Super Z of K's theory...even 15 seconds of peace would be nice.

wordgirl said...

I applaud the lesson on strength by equating it with kindness and self control. Yay for you!

JCK said...

O.K., let me get this straight. Not only does your man K look damn hot in a Park Ranger outfit, but he speaks like this...

"Mayor," he said, "when you are kind, gentle and loving you become your strongest and most powerful self."

Oh, COME ON! Alright, you've got it going on.

P.S. Thanks for the tip on the Stratton Hats. I'll be checking that out for next time. This time a strong wind came by and blew off the park ranger outfit.

I just LOVE your blog. I think I'll just hang out here at the screen.

Patience said...

Dolly Llama! Hahahaha!!! Hello Dalai! This child is brilliant!

Mayor is getting a small taste of we women work! We connive and then blame it on the men! Weaker sex? Ha!

pgoodness said...

Fantastic - all of it. :-)

Chantelle said...

I have to start making sure to not sip beverages while reading your blog. Too much risk of spitting something out while laughing. I am starting to fear my poor lap top will short circuit. Dolly llama. Tee hee hee.

Jennifer said...

You are such awesome parents.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hee hee.
I must learn to do that.

The Major and the Rooster are fabulous too.

amusing said...

My Eldest was complaining about the field trip he took recently because he and his friend were the only boys in the van with all the girls -- "and the girls kept singing show tunes" he said with a shudder....

Lotta said...

I love that explanation of strength and I'm going to use it here with Mack.

Catherine said...

We spent the first 18 months of A's life telling her brother to be gentle to her. Then she wallopped him. So we spent the next 6 months of her life telling her to be gentle to her big brother. Now, at 2 & 4 - it all goes. I'm an only child, people with siblings say it's normal. I think it's a little Lord of the Flies - but whatever, anything else would require actual parenting on my part.

Mommahbear. said...

OhMyFreakingGosh - I LOL So Hard at this picture!!!!

Ruth Dynamite said...

I'd bow to that.

kittenpie said...

My sister used to complain and tattle onherself at once, which was nice. "Mom! Kittenpie hit me baaa-aack!" Somehow, I still got in trouble...