Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Junk Yard Mama

Late one evening I was lying in my bed, covered up to my neck with my cozy comforter - just watching TV.

I had not been feeling well for several days.

Alexis was so nice to bring home the stomach bug from her first grade classroom - to share with the entire family.

Little Billy, also having been sick for a few days, wandered into my room and crawled into my bed with me.

We cuddled.

He persuaded his ol' Mom to rub his back - something he loves.

After becoming completely relaxed, the boy says to his mom, "Ya know ... how when you have a new car ... and it has a brand new engine?"

The mom says, "Yes," imagining in her mind the shiny new engine - sparkly chrome and pistons and clean new fluids.

The relaxed little boy then says, "And then, ya know ... how you might have a really old car - with a worn out engine?'

Rubbing the boy's back, the mom says, "Yes," now imagining a rusty old engine in a broken down car - in a junk yard.

"That's what we're like," the boy looks up at his mom and smiles. "I'm like a shiny new engine and you're like a rusty old engine."


(*blink blink*)


The mom stops rubbing the boy's back, gets a sad look on her face and says, "Okay."

The boy - seeing the sadness on his poor old mother's face, rubs his smooth little hand down her crusty arm and says, "I mean ... it's just like you're kinda outta gas - not really old and rusty," he begins to back-pedal really fast and continues, "And ... I'm like a newer engine - just a little bit outta gas."

The mom smiles.

The boy smiles.

"Can you rub my back some more," the boy pleads.

The rickety old mother - who is completely out of gas, by the way - pulls her rusty old arm out from beneath her cozy comforter and ... begins to rub the boy's back once again .... all the while imagining ... as she rubs his soft, smooth skin - a nice shiny paint job - Candy Apple Red. Yes ... the boy would definitely be Candy Apple Red.


On the upside ... That boy is definitely his father's son. Such a smooth talker! Not saying anything all that lov-e-ly, but ... boy can he back pedal when he begins to dig himself in deep!

96 comments:

LaskiGal said...

Classic!!! Love that he already knows his analogies--just not quite how to use them :)

But, he's got that back pedaling thing figured out . . .

Candy apple red--I love it!

tommie said...

Very cute....I used dream of a candy apple red Mustang! That boy's got skills.

nicki said...

Oh man, ouch! At least he was astute enough to realize he'd stuck his foot in his mouth!

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Dad said...

He's after my old heart! !

bermudabluez said...

Ahh....a son that takes after his father! And I can tell just how much you really do love Little Billy...

jennifer h said...

I almost woke up my kids, laughing at this.

It was pretty clever, that analogy, but only if he applied it to a sweet, random, one hundred and fifty-year old stranger. Nice back-peddling, though.

Maybe you can get him to carry around your can of oil, a la the Tin Man.

Nora Bee said...

That's some impressive back pedalling from that young man, shiny or no.

kim-d said...

This one is definitely a chick-magnet-in-the-making. He's honing his skills, and learning, learning, learning. Very, very smart boy, with a Mom who is not a stranger to Candy Apple Red herself! And like father, like son is priceless; I, too, have that situation. And I thank God for it everyday :)!!!

the dragonfly said...

That is adorable! A smooth talker. :) And I love the candy apple red image! Beautiful.

Karen said...

That cracks me up! That boy knows more than boys should at his age.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

At least he didn't call you a "clunker."

Very cute story...

Hallie

Rachel said...

Too cute, I especially like the way he says your and old engine and then asks for a back rub.

EC said...

I think that is so sweet in a mean kind of way, lol... but I think he meant good when he said it ;)

Kathryn said...

I think perhaps what he WANTED to say instead of "old rusty car" is a classic, vintage, hot rod! :)

girlymom said...

That was some great back pedaling! I think I would like to be a Little Red Corvette~ lots of fun, no work and everyone loves 'em~ right now I feel like a Suburban, typical, ordinary, carrying everyone.

Courtney said...

That is funny. Aren't kids just so sweet! So there's no hope in Taylor growing out of this mean (honest) phase anytime soon? GREAT!

Melissa said...

Sounds like Little Billy is going to break some hearts when he gets older...well, besides yours. ;)

Angie said...

Billy sounds to me more like a pick up truck. Durable, likable, functional, keeps its resale, but not exactly smooth and sleek.
KEEP BELIEVING

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

From one boy momma to another... They are born with the back pedaling gene. LOL

Have a great rusty ole day

Tami

LunaNik said...

That's one smooth talker u have there. Skills like this will come in handy when he's a teenager and needs to talk himself out of a ticket =)

utmomof5 said...

LOL!!! Don't you just love the honestly of kids? I have one who says stuff like that but he knows what he is doing and thinks it's funny!

Christina

Dawn said...

Great story. I feel like my car is a little low on gas quite often. He's a funny kid.

Bavani said...

You've got a smart little cookie on your hands :)

Queen of My Domain said...

Definetely a smooth talker there. But you should really think of yourself as a Classic car that may just need restoring someday but after that your worth even more!!

bren j. said...

There was a counselor at camp one summer who was continually sticking her foot in her mouth and backpedaling; for her birthday, we all chipped in and bought her a shovel. :)

Also, are little boys ever really out of GAS?

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Love it! I laughed out loud. My daughter was sitting with me and asked what I was laughing about!

From one rusted old mamma to another! :)

Janice said...

I love it... thanks for sharing....

Hillary said...

What a cute story. It made me smile :)

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Oh, that Billy! I love how after he changed his story he then asked you to rub his back again! My youngest backpedals like that too, when he realizes he's hurt my feelings. That little boy of yours has a tender heart and loves his mom, so sweet!

Lizzy

Sheri said...

That backpeddling will serve him well when he is married.lol

Patti said...

I am CRACKING up at that boy's back-pedaling! I'm a rusty ol' worn out mamma too *sigh*

Mo said...

Very impressive backpedaling...GB needs to learn how to do that!

Christine said...

"just a little bit outta gas."

He cracks me up!

Running on empty

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Rusty old car. Nice. At least he has those back pedal skills. Poor Mama, I think we could all use a refuel and a new paint job once in a while!

Toni said...

So sweet! Your son is a hoot!

Joanna said...

Ouch. At least the boy's got skillz.

Hetha said...

He is a riot! It sounds like a young writer in the making to me.

Family Adventure said...

Ugh. Kellan, I'll tell you, I feel like a rusty old car right now.

But your boy just managed to make me smile despite being outta gas.

Boys! You have to love'em!

Heidi :)

my wonderful men... said...

Smile. Oh Boys, I know all to well.

Hope everyone is feeling better in your home soon.
Amy

pb&j in a bowl said...

I would have told him to keep back pedaling until he becomes a tricycle! Cute story!

Em said...

Good back pedling Billy! Aw your kids are so great! Hope your all better soon!

My Goodness said...

Uh, did he read the post about your knees?

He should've known you were fragile!! :)

M is for Married said...

Kids to say the darndest things, don't they? Sometimes I feel like I ran out of gas a long time ago and someone is just pushing me along. lol.

JCK said...

That Billy is one smooth...back pedaler. My kids haven't figured out yet that I'm an older mom. Probably because we live in Southern California and there are a lot of older parents here. But, I see that day on the horizon and it ain't pretty, honey!!

Leah said...

That is funny! And way to cover himself. LOL!!!! I just love to hear what your kids come up with say

Heather said...

Being a mother of boys, I totally saw that one coming. But we would have turned that whole conversation into something about bodily functions and then wrestled each other until we rolled off of the bed.

multipleblessings said...

OMGoodness! That is so funny! *lol* ... I don't know if I would have been able to keep a straight face! ;)

Julie

Amy said...

You handled that very well..LOL..and he is slick

livin with me said...

Kids sure do tell it like they see it. Cute story.

Angela said...

At least he knows to back pedal! And I really hope you get to feeling better! Talk to you later, Angela

Pam said...

Oh yes- those smooth talking boys- they sure know how to get themselves out of trouble.

Sorry you are all feeling ill. I know how terrible that bug is so I feel for all of you! It amazes me that we are states away from each other and still suffering from the same nasty viruses! Here's hoping you feel better soon!

Brittany said...

ha ha ha I love your stories! :)

Bren said...

Men! Doesn't take them long to learn the art of flattery, does it?

Amy said...

Love it!! Wow, already a smooth talker, I'd watch out for that Billy!

joan said...

Ouch! At least he tried to make it better. LOL He's sounds like a cutie.

Holly said...

Oh my, Gotta love the boy!lol

The Boyds Family said...

Kids are so great!! I absolutely LOVE this post!! Thanks for the great laugh.

Talk to you soon.
Yvette

Karen MEG said...

I love those words; kinda, sorta like, just a little bit.... keep digging there boy LOL!
My boy loves having his back rubbed too. I'm glad you're getting cuddle time still. It's the best.

MamaGeek said...

Kellan, your little boy (who isn't so little) is wise beyond his years. That made me giggle. :)

MamaGeek said...

BTW, he meant VINTAGE not rusty! :)

Shellie said...

Yeah, I'm with the vintage thing. Older and better! I loved how he thought of that analogy. And how well he covered his tracks afterwards.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Back-pedaling may be a more important skill than front-pedaling!

La La said...

What a cutie patootie! Love that guy and his mama!

Eileen said...

He loves his mom so much!!! what a Sweetheart, just trying to tell you how much he loved being there with you and how safe and cuddly he felt. But, man, when he picks up he may not have said it exacly right, he is so good at being intuitive and back-pedaling. Smart Sensitive kid. Wonder where he gets that!!

XOXOX

Shan said...

What a cute little smooth talker you have there.

Queeny said...

They do say the darndest things.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

What a sweetie he is. And how funny are you, with your rickety, crustiness? Very funny post.

Eagles' Wings said...

Reminds me of my 6 yrs old son who is often a sweetie when he calls me his "Little Princess", "Honey" and opens the car door for me :-)

kim-d said...

I hope you're okay Kellan. It's Thursday and you're not here?????? I am concerned...

This Southern Belle said...

That was an awesome analogy--smart boy! Also, good to know that he's acquired the male art form of backpedaling. It will proabably come in handy in the future! ;)

Lisa said...

This made me laugh until my bumper fell off! :o)

Amanda said...

LOL! What a cute story! just a little out of gas......hahahaha

kimmy said...

My coffee is my gasoline in the morning. Couldn't get very far without it! Cute story!

Kimmy

Jennifer said...

Uh...at least you're not rusty? ;)

Cheeky said...

I think your billy and my manchild have been talking....

Amy said...

First the knees and now this!
Hang in there sweetie.

Tari said...

Love it. I can jsut hear the same words coming out of my children's mouths, they think I'm so old, they have no idea!

katy said...

He will make some lucky woman very happy one day and will probably have a wonderful married life...he already knows when he has said too much and how to get himself out of it.

Sniz said...

How do you do it, Kellan? You are such a good writer and you make these little everyday stories come alive so we can actually see, hear and feel them!

carrie said...

Your kids say the funniest things!

You're not a rusty old car, you're a CORVETTE! Now, next time he says this to you say, "oh, but Billy, I'm a classic race car, and I can beat you in a race anyday!"

Laurie M. said...

So funny! Your stories keep me laughing!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Hi, Kellan!

You know, I wasn't sure yesterday if that story was recent or something that happened a while ago, but now I realize you really ARE sick! I'm so sorry and I hope you're feeling better real soon. Take care and let the Cowboy, the twins, the boy child and the girl child take care of you, you hear? Hurry back, we miss you!

Lizzy

Mary Alice said...

I guess I am probably a little out of gas too.

Holly said...

LOL!! He certainly means well doesn't he?

Susan said...

I haven't been online lately for the same reason just a little under the weather but boy did I miss your blog. This was too cute and I wish I could have been there to see the look on your face.

kim-d said...

Thanks so much for the comment, Kellan--I really was worried, and that made me feel much better. Now we just need to say the same for you! Take it easy and take good care of yourself, friend!

justabeachkat said...

Hi there!

Bad me...I haven't been by for a visit in over a week. It's been a busy, wild and crazy time for me lately, but things have finally calmed down. It's been fun "catching up" with you this afternoon.

I loved this post today...what a sweet AND smart little boy. LOL I enjoy so much visiting you. You always make me smile!

Hugs!
Kat

girlytwins said...

It's bred into their genes... backpedaling and flattery, just like mustaches and sweaty arm pits :)

Badness Jones said...

I'dve kicked that boy straight outta the bed! You're such a sweet, forgiving kinda mom! And definitely NOT worn out or rusty!

forgetfulone said...

Thanks, son! Sounds like something my boy would say. Aren't they cute, though?

dlyn said...

Priceless moments - made me ROFL!

E said...

Little Billy makes me very happy. I love that he was thining of you two as cars, probably something he loves. But he didn't make the older car into the rust heap, you did. I think he saw a little new Beetle, and an older more stately rolls.....

Chrissy said...

That's awesome. How creative of him to come up with such a great analogy! Children are so humbling.

Sharon said...

Sweet conversations with our kids-and "men" and their imaginations. What won't they do to get what they want?

Angela said...

He knows just the right things to say doesn't he
Watch out girls

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