Friday, September 12, 2008

What, What, WhAT, WHAT, WHAT ...?

When I had my twins (16 years ago), I had a girl friend that I worked with that had a set of girl twins about 6 months before I had mine.


She was so good to go to for some early advise.


One of the things she said to me, as her twins began to grow a little older, was, "When my girls call me, I say, Yes, instead of What - because that is what I want them to say to me when I call them."


This was such a great piece of advise.


I tried it.


It never worked for me.


When my kids yell for me, I usually scream, "Wwwwhhhhaaaatttt?" because they never hear me the first time I say it and by the time they finally hear me - because they will not come near me to ask any question - they have to yell it from the neighbor's house - I am so frustrated at the yelling, I scream, "Wwwwhhhhhaaaatttt?"


I do.


Well ... the other night, Alexis yells from her bedroom something that I can not hear, so I say, "What?" in a normal tone.


She says the thing again.


I still can't hear her, so I say, "What?" in a little louder tone.


Then I hear her and what she is asking me is ... "I can't remember this word," and she spells it, "W-H-A-T ... what is this word?"


Then I say, "W.H.A.T," in a little louder tone.


She says, "What is this word - W-H-A-T?" she spells it again and she is now aggravated at me.


I say, "W.H.A.T."


And then she screams it again and I scream back ... "It's W.H.A.T. The word is WHAT."


She says, "Oh ... you don't have to yell. All you needed to do was say that in the first place."



On the upside ... *Sigh like the biggest failure ever*.

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55 comments:

Michelle said...

*giggle* *giggle* *giggle* I love it. Those are the conversations that have me in stitches. So long as I'm not the one who's in the middle of them, of course. You poor both of you!

tammy said...

I'm giggling too. Cute story.

Sometimes I purposely don't answer them so they have to get off their tush and come find me instead of just sitting there yelling.

TheCynicalOptimist said...

Sounds like the domestic equivolent of "who's on first?"

Smiling Shelly said...

Bwahahah!! How funny!

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

I am sorry WHAT was the subject again. LOL
That is so cute.
I always answer huh? So what is not that bad.

HUGZ,

Brittany said...

LOL! oh Alexis... lol

Joanna said...

Oh no she didn't say you don't have to yell! Too funny!

Aleta said...

Oh that's too funny! I love it. That's the stuff blogs are made of, the little conversations that exasperate you and tickle your funny bone later!

Robin said...

I just stumbled on your blog through one of the directories and I've enjoyed reading. You have a refreshing viewpoint and great sense of humor.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

What?

Kathy and Carl said...

What a good laugh! Thanks for making my day Kellan! Hope you have a great weekend.

Dawn said...

Ha ha! ;) What?
I've been thinking about you as I hear about the hurricane...I don't know how close you are, and how it will affect you but I hope you stay safe.

Brenda said...

Ha, and Who's on first?

Persnickety Ticker said...

I did that once. Forgot what WHAT was and I looked and looked at the word and it just wouldn't process in my head that WHAT meant what and what WHAT was and I was so confused and I wasn't even drunk.

Just one of those brain fart moments.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

It sounds like "Who's on First". lol At least it's better than "HUH?"

Amanda said...

There's alot of WHAT shouting that goes on in my house too!!!!

Amanda said...

So cute!

Amy said...

LOL!:)

Dad said...

Hang in there Kel, it doesn't get any better.

Jen said...

Funny! My dad has this habit of asking questions from another room, and my mom and I never can hear him. Instead of him coming to us, we always have to go into whatever room he is in. My poor mom follows him all over the house!

Courtney said...

That is a cute story. I can see her little sunken face saying, you don't have to yell at me. Too bad none of us are perfect, huh?

Catizhere said...

Q: What does a yellow light mean?

A: Slow down.

Q: What does a yellow light mean?

A: Slow Down!

Q: Whaaatttt doooes a yelllow lliiight meeeeannn?

A: Be prepared to stop.


Your kids a re too funny.

Kate said...

That was great. I needed a good laugh. I'm sitting here waiting for Evie's CT scan results and I'm a basketcase. Silly me, though my hospital visits were over when we left NICU. Oie.

I just loved that story.

duchess said...

You are too funny.
We do that too.
I feel like the only way my kids listen to me is if it's in a loud tone (yelling).

Have a great weekend & stay safe from that storm.

Tanja said...

Too funny!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Wait . . . what?!

Leah said...

LOL!!!! That sort of stuff is so funny. who's on first, what's on second? remember that?

Elaine A. said...

I can SO see this happening in my household someday...

The Fritz Facts said...

That is best ever. I had to laugh.

Kami said...

Laughing hard over here...

Reminds of Who's on First, What's on second...

:-)

Kelly said...

That is hilarious!!

I'm glad you'll be safe from the hurricane...have a great weekend.

Jaina said...

That sounds like the beginnings of a bad knock knock joke... ;)

Tabitha said...

Yep ~ that sounds just like my house!!
love and hugs XXX

Tara said...

Good one!
Chuckle, chuckle...

Nora Bee said...

Sounds like the "who's on first?" skit. Funny!

Betsy said...

That is so funny!

Rachel said...

Funny story Kellan. Damn I say what all of the time and never yes-why would I say yes? lol

kaylee said...

LOL Thats funny!

kaylee said...

LOL Thats funny!

:)De said...

When my 10 yr old was an infant we decided to try something to keep her from reaching that terrible age where children say "no" to mommy. So my brother and I enlisted our immidiate family to try to replace the word "no" with the word "eclips" whenever she was touching or doing something that one would normally say "no no" to when talking to babies. When she got to be about 18 months old...we would roll on the floor cracking up when ever strangers would do a double take upon hearing her saying "eclips". Talk about damanging the healthy speech development of a child. It might not have been right...but it sure was funny.
Peace,
:)De

Andrea said...

hee hee hee....

carrie said...

Oooooh, that is some good advice, I hate it when my calls are answered in that pre-teen crabby voice of "whaaaaaaaat?"

I'm so going to start using "yes" instead. See how they like that!

Hope you are all still ok with the hurricane and all. I'll be thinking of ya!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

LOL too funny

Ellie said...

this tickled my funny bone! I must admit, I found myself chuckling by myself, most likely looking like a pathetic fly who first saw its reflection. Random, huh?

Natalie said...

That so funny! Thanks for the laugh! :)

Darla said...

You've just gotta love it! :)

Lilly's Life said...

That is so funny and such a familiar story. WHAT???? Great blog by the way and LOVE the design!!

Monogram Queen said...

So frustrating... but funny!!!

Anna said...

Ha! That's so funny, Kellan! That sounds like something that will happen to me someday! ;-) I'm totally gonna steal that "Yes" thing though!

Bren said...

Coming here always makes me laugh. Love your stories! Those kids of yours are so great!

Sandra Carvalho said...

ROFL!!!
Too funny!!!
Loved it!She's a cutie!
xoxo

THopgood said...

That used to be my BIGGEST pet peeve with my kids. SO - I took care of the problem by completely ignoring them when they scream for me from the basement or opposite side of the house. They now know that I WILL NOT answer them until they're in the same room as me!

justabeachkat said...

Too funny! I always enjoy visiting you.

Sorry I haven't visited in quite awhile. For some reason (why oh why?), I decided to clean out my master closet, just my side mind you, and somehow it has caused me to do my husband's side and then the two guests rooms too since I stored more of my things in them. Oh Lord...one thing leads to another which leads to another! Anyhoo, I've been bad about my blog reading. It's been fun though catching up with you this afternoon.

Hugs!
Kat

Angela said...

hehe

girlytwins said...

You can always make me laugh so hard. I too tried to say yes but I find myself yelling what as well. I could be worse I s'pose :)

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