The Boy: “Papa, do you only want [indistinct mumbling]?”
No answer from two parents who are busy at work.
TB: “Papa? Papa? Do you only want that?”
Still no answer.
The Boy: “Papaaa! Do you only want [indistinct mumbling]?”
Me (getting exasperated at hearing the same line repeated for almost a minute straight): “Honey, just say ‘Yes’. Just say ‘yes’ and he’ll stop.”
TB: “Papaaaaa! Do you only want [indistinct mumbling]?”
Me: “Trust me. Just say ‘yes’!”
The Beloved Husband: “Yes.”
Me, smiling with satisfaction.
TB: “Okay, why?”
The Girl, too, developed a couple of years ago the ability to know when a parent was tuning out. And after a while, she knew to end her long speeches with, “Okay, what did I just say?”
Ahh, kids. Talkative enough to drive you crazy and make you deliberately zone out, and smart enough to know when you’re not paying attention. Even if I dread being tested, I have to admit that I am proud and amused that these two kids have developed testing skills in order to hold on to their audience.