And I'm not talking about Darby O'Gill and his little people, well not just yet;
I am issuing words of advise and caution to all parents out there. Be careful what stories you tell your children to scare them off from doing one thing naughty or another. It doesn’t matter if they are old wives tales or if they are true facts, just be very, very careful.
We were rushing to baseball practice the other afternoon and in our typical fashion I was running late, screeching up to the gate while yelling at Tommy and Lucas to “HUSTLE down to practice, I’ll park the car and meet up with you.” Well, Lucas’ bag was stuck under a bunch of
crap stuff in the back of my obnoxiously big Suburban as just as I was jumping out to help him he exclaimed “Hey Mom! Look at that LITTLE PERSON, HE LOOKS LIKE A MAN BUT HE”S LITTLE” Trying to compose my self and not die of total embarrassment on the spot, I said “Lucas, you are right he is a little person, he was born that way and we are all different.”
Then, he looks me right in the eyes and with a totally serious look on his face said “He probably drank too much Pepsi, didn’t he Mom?”
Yup, I’ve been known to tell my kids scary things to keep them from wandering off (Someone’s going to take you, cut out your kidneys and sell them!), or from biting their nails (You are going to get worms in your tummy if you do that!), or from drinking soda (You can’t have this because caffeine that’s in dark sodas, stunts your growth and you’ll never get tall like Dad!). Yup. I’ve said all of those things numerous times. I NEVER EXPECTED ANY OF THEM TO ACTUALLY RELATE IT TO A REAL LIFE SITUATION!
But of course, it had to be Lucas. *Sigh*