A Tea Party

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me and my sister who is four years younger than I am. I was maybe 6 and a half years old and had just recovered from an accident in which my arm had been broken among other minor injuries.

Someone had given my sister a little ‘tea set’ and clip on earrings as get-well gifts because I was getting “get-well” gifts. She played with them often.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news and my sister was playing nearby in the living room when she brought Daddy a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch my sis bring him a cup of tea, because it was ‘just the cutest
thing!

My Mom waited, and sure enough, there she came down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up, then says, ‘Did it ever occur to you that the only place that baby can reach to get water is the toilet? Nothing much was said after that…

I’ve Learned A Thing Or Two Over The Years

Like how to properly read a book to Children. I like to read, and I like to read to young kids because of the awe in which they listen while you read.

When reading books to young children you should make it interactive. When reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?”, for example, ask the kids what sound a duck makes when you’re on the page that shows the duck. Get them to count with you during number books. Ask them to identify the items pictured for each letter in an alphabet book. If the book has a chorus, or a repeated phrase, have them to help you with it. With “Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom!”, I tell the kids to clap their hands and yell “Boom boom” every time I read the “chicka chicka” part. They love that.

But under no circumstances should you EVER ask open-ended questions of this age group, like “Have any of you ever seen a duck?” If you do, be prepared for long and rambling monologues about how once this one time my big brother petted a duck and the duck’s name was Quackers and it bit him and he had to go to the hospital and he was very sad but the doctor gave him a lollipop and I like lollipops, but I didn’t get one. Do you have any lollipops? My momma takes hoodia. Do you know what that is?

Kids, gotta love ’em.