Saturday, August 01, 2009

And That Was When The Record Scratched.

We were sitting at the table, enjoying the high life of steak, baked potatoes, and fresh green beans. Dinner was a tad later than is the norm, and the children had been swarming about hunting for dropped bits on the floor. In fact, Elizabeth, who had not eaten her lunch, had managed to inhale her baked potato in the minute and a half between when I sat her up to the table and when I sat down next to her.

Now, people, eatin' time in our home brings out the beasts in our offspring. Sweet children with manners suddenly turn into carnivores with demands. 'I want', 'give me', 'I need', 'where is my' are the phrases that erupt from their mouths even before the echos of our collective 'Amen' reaches the ceiling. (Good thing God's quick, or He might altogether miss our agreeing) We scream loudly over the din for them to all 'SHUSH!' gently remind them to speak one at a time and use their manners, then proceed to remind them that there are seven people at the table with needs and that we are doing the best we can to accommodate everyone.

Elizabeth was eating her food nearly as fast as I could get it on her plate. At some point, she sweetly demanded more meat. That is to say, her attitude and her voice reflected respect and sweetness, but her words were entirely lacking in manners. Joshua asked her to please try again, to which she put in a mannerly request for more steak.

After I had deposited the meat onto her plate, Joshua attempted to remind her to again use her manners.

'Elizabeth, what should you say to Mommy now? She gave you some meat.'

Elizabeth looked up serenely and, clearly as a bell, replied, 'Cut it.'

7 comments:

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Hee. Nice one, Liz.

Anonymous said...

You should submit this one to Reader's Digest!!!!!!!!!

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The Farmer Files said...

LOL she is a carnivore. I am a self confessed carnivore...I get serious about meat. Now do your kids care how it is cooked? I like mine medium because I am grown up now. I used to love it med rare.

HisTreasuredPossession said...

ok, am I the only one who wants to know who the 7th person was?

Deeapaulitan said...

Yah - I counted twice and only came up with 6 - Is there something you need to announce?

Bravo Elizabeth! ehem, I mean, ummm, well, yes...

Your accounts of the antics around your house are always a bright spot in my days!

Aubrey said...

I am almost certain you are forgetting to take into account my MIL - who we live with. That makes seven. No, I do not have anything to announce. For the time being. =) Give me another year or so though....

Missi said...

LOL! I don't feel so bad for having to repeatedly tell my girls to "eat like people, not animals" now!