My children like to exaggerate or maybe things through the eyes of a child are exaggerated.  I don’t know, but whatever the case my three year old son becomes a drama show over certain things.

A quick list of things my three year old considers tragic:

  1. Not having a towel in the bathroom to dry his hands.
  2. Being served a sandwich that has bread other than whole wheat.
  3. Getting his hair brushed.
  4. Having to put on boots that are cold from being outside overnight.
  5. Looking for but not finding his bird book when he wants to look up Stellar Jays.
  6. Realizing that the small jar that holds mini tootsie rolls (bribes for using the toilet) is running low.
  7. Broken sidewalk chalk.
  8. A piece of dog poo “hiding” in the grass that I missed while picking up the backyard.
  9. Time out.
  10. The bathwater being “too wet” when it gets on his head or face.

Not to be outdone by my three year old here is a short list of things I consider tragic:

  1. Running out of spray n’ wash, ice cream, coffee or beer – not necessarily in that order.
  2. Having to make more then one trip from the car to the house.  I would rather risk herniation of some part of my body or a dislocated shoulder to get it all in one trip.
  3. A frozen hummingbird feeder.  It is people like me that have altered their migratory behavior by putting out the feeders in the first place so I really should take some responsibility for it and do it right.
  4. My inability to spell.  I may have a college degree but most fifth graders could probably spell better than me.

It appears as though the scientific community has solved Carter’s tragic item number 10.  So “thank you” to all the chemists who worked so hard on creating dry water (can I still add bubbles to that?)  Now if you can just focus your research and funding on a bottomless keg for me that would be great?

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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13 Responses to Tragic

  1. Nancy says:

    Awesome post! Made me laugh…although I understand the dramatic seriousness of it all. 😉 I too have a drama princess, drama prince, drama king, and of course, myself, the drama queen in my house.

    • shoes says:

      Thank you! I find it funny the tragic nature of things so very common place in Carter’s world. It is very serious stuff to him and must be treated with some level of respect even though it makes my life a bit harder sometimes.

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  3. Mona Lisa says:

    I literally Laughed Out Loud while reading this because it sounds sooooo familiar!

  4. jodi says:

    That is funny stuff right there!! I think it is something about childhood that makes things more dramatic than they are.

    My little grandson will turn 4 and we call him a drama king. He loves a bath but can’t stand go out in the rain. If water or god forbid something else get on his clothes, it is a major meltdown. When he is done he will then ask, “Will you dry my tears?” Melts my heart.

    • shoes says:

      Ahh – kids can be driving you nuts one second and then they will say or do something that just melts you. It really would make bath time more tolerable for everyone involved if he just embraced the wetness of water.

  5. mommysaidaswearword says:

    hahaha that is an excellent post. Thank you for starting my day out with a laugh.

  6. Funny stuff. I especially like number 10 on the 3 yr old list – my children also complain about getting wet in the bath. Weird!

    • shoes says:

      I find it so funny the things that my kids see as tragic (but, of course, I don’t let them know that.) It is such a strange thing to complain about – water is wet, pretty much no way around that one. 🙂

  7. Maiya says:

    🙂 Hey shoes, ahhh can’t seem to stop smiling. Love the lists and your 3yr old sounds adorable. 🙂 I have the same problem as no. 4 on your list and I have a daughter in 7th grade who likes looking over my shoulder and gleefully tells me where I messed up. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

  8. shoes says:

    I am so glad I could make you smile! Cold boots are really not much fun to stick your feet into, so I do have to agree with you and Carter on that one. Carter is very critical when it comes to critiquing my dog poo picking up in th backyard – I imagine it will only get worse from here. 🙂

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