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Tiaras and Trucks

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Don't They Already Have Animals?

Picking your battles is a crucial lesson to learn.  This lesson isn't just for parents, but it does become tricky when the battles are being waged with little people whose rationalization skills are still at the preschool level.

It becomes even trickier when those preschool rationalization skills best my grown-up reasoning skills.

We were packing up our things for a zoo trip with our friends Stacy, Connor, and Madison, when I noticed Abbey clutching her current favorite stuffed friend, Grampage Hooligan Ruffie.  I've recently ditched the diaper bag and am enjoying the newfound freedom of only carting around a quarter of my body weight in gear instead of my usual everything-but-the-kitchen-sink. 

I'm fine with Abbey bringing her Lip Smackers, because who doesn't love vanilla chapstick, but stuffed animals?

I quickly formulated my iron-clad argument:

"Abbey, we don't need to bring GHR to the zoo.  They have enough animals there already."

"Not dogs," she said, stubbornly.  And correctly, the smarty-pants.

I switched tactics.

"Well, no, you're right.  But you can't bring dogs to the zoo.  They'll either scare the other animals or get scared themselves."

"Oh Mommy," she sighed, "Grampage Hooligan Ruffie isn't real.  He can come with us."

And that is how I ended up carting around a stuffed dog around the zoo.  Thankfully, he rode in the stroller instead of "walking with his leash," a clever contraption consisting of some ribbon and a fabric measuring tape.
checking out the prairie dogs 
again with the prairie dogs
I never knew they were so interesting 
Grampage Hooligan Ruffie made it out of the stroller for lunch
I'm slightly mortified to say that she PICKED that flower and put it behind her ear
I'm pretty sure last year I commented on a picture about another little girl picking the zoo's flowers
there's a karmic lesson there, a little one, but it's there 
judging how close I actually am and how far he might make it before I catch him

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6 Comments:

  • At June 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Abby said...

    First of all, the name "Abbey" is quite lovely, and a sure sign of class and superiority ;)
    Second, she sounds like she's smart as heck and you're in for some fun in the future. But this post is also another example of why I won't be having children, as I would have told her the stuffed dog would most likely be eaten by wayward zoo animals with large teeth and even larger appetites.
    My unborn children thank me...

     
  • At June 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM , Anonymous Elise Seaton said...

    I love this! Just when you think you've got her, she pulls out a grown-up thought process! :)

     
  • At June 18, 2011 at 10:23 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Yes, it is a lovely name ;)

    She's pretty tough and not easily fazed.  She probably would have given you a withering glance and explained that the animals cannot possibly get to you over their moats.  It's a tough audience around my house!

     
  • At June 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Thank you!  I don't mind her winning an argument like that.  I am saving my best ammunition for when she wants to get her tongue pierced or something like that.

     
  • At June 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    She just needs to learn to channel that reasoning for positive thoughts, like sleeping all night in her bed :)

     
  • At June 19, 2011 at 1:16 AM , Anonymous sweetbutterbliss said...

    Lol.He's not real, duh! I get those kinds of comments a lot from my 4 year old. 

     

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