Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Self esteem boost of the day

One day last week when Mother Nature decided to tease us with a nice day (and then immediately rescinded it, that bitch), Kate and I biked into town to get ice cream. I know those two activities are incongruent, but that is exactly why I do it. I figure that the biking cancels the ice cream consumption out, so I end up basically even. If you can convince yourself, that is all that matters, right? I hope so, because that is how I rationalize almost everything.

Since I don’t possess skill or the patience for assembling things, I decided to forgo hooking up the bike trailer for Kate. Instead, I buckled her into the seat that I had mounted on the back of my bike from last year. She wasn’t really thrilled with that plan, but I kept convincing her that those seats were for big kids and I needed her to ride in it so we could bike really fast. Who am I kidding? Fast? Whatever, she’s gullible and I was convincing enough that she bought it. Plus, her mind was on the ice cream so the seat didn’t seem like such a big sacrifice. About half way into town, I realized just how much she’d outgrown the seat. Her knees had permanently taken up residency in my butt.

In a teasing manner, with that really annoying sing-song-y mom voice, I say:

Oh Kate, you are getting sooooo BIG! Your knees are touching my butt!

In the same mocking sing-song voice, Kate reciprocates:

Oh Mommy, YOU are getting soooo BIG! Your butt is touching my knees.

5 comments:

Ann's Rants said...

I don't buy it. Look at that profile picture. No big butt on that little lady...

Barb said...

Kids say the darnest things :)

C. Beth said...

WOW. Of course I agree with Ann, above...but I LOVE Kate for coming up with that. She's ready for an insult competition or a roast at three years old.

Special K said...

Love it! And you just answered my mental question. Do I install Sylvie's bike seat on my bike new bike or just deal with the fact that sometimes I am allowed the sheer joy of biking alone? Answer- if quality time with Sylvie involves knees in my butt, I'd much prefer biking alone!

Jeanne said...

How do you like playing straight man to a three-year-old?