Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Milestone on a Quiet Wednesday Afternoon

The Boy: Do we have any chocolate milk?

DD: No, but I can make some.

TB (incredulous): You can make some?

DD: Sure. Watch.

I get the milk and the chocolate syrup out of the fridge. I pour the milk into a tall glass, then measure out three tablespoons of syrup and dump them in. I stir, and the milk changes color.

TB (slowly): Whoa!


You measured the chocolate?
and put in 3 tablespoons. I think my kids will want to move to your house.

it's fun to amaze children with the things we can do, isn't it?
Wow! You are The Coolest Dad! *impressed look*

Gotta love that wide-eyed innocence!
But my Mom said chocolate milk came from brown cows!!!!!
Don't forget the other great Dad-Beverage stunt: the High Pour.

When pouring a drink for The Boy or The Girl, start with the liquid's container near the glass, then as you pour, lift the container higher and higher, until you risk splatter.

As I'm sure you'll recall from our own father, that flourish impresses the hell out of kids. Dad was a wizard with the Hi-C can and the High Pour.
Enjoy the glory days and mark the words of Twain....

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years"
When my kids were small, I dressed them while their dad set out cereal and juice and fruit. One morning, when he was away, the little one looked at the bare table and burst into tears: "Oh, no! Daddy forgot to make breakfast!" I told her that it was ok, I knew how to make breakfast too, and she looked up with the most incredulous "You DO?????" I've ever heard.

Well, heck. She knew I could open the doors of the grocery with a mere hand gesture and make traffic lights change by blowing on them. I don't know why she was so surprised.
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