Littleb and I were in the car again.  He was sitting in the back seat munching french-fries.  I was driving.

Yes, Nancy Drew, I was also munching french-fries.  I’m sort of a Francophile.  Littleb was telling me about a new game he learned called Mercy.  It is a game of strength over brains….

Littleb:  Dad could totally beat me at Mercy.

Chicken:  Are you saying I couldn’t beat you?

Littleb:  Probably not.  I think I could beat you.  You’re so skinny.

Chicken:  (raises eyebrows in surprise.  Sucks in stomach)  Well, that’s true, you’re probably right,  I am really skinny.

Littleb:  You’re not THAT skinny.

Chicken:  Are you saying I’m fat.

Littleb:  (laughs)  No.  You’re not fat.

Chicken:  That’s right.  I’m skinny.

Littleb:  No women are fat.  That would be weird.

Chicken:  You are wise beyond  your years, Littleb

Littleb:  Dad’s fat.

Chicken:  Strong, littleb.  Dad’s strong and I’m skinny.

Littleb:  OK.  Did you remember to ask for barbecue sauce?

I think I could take John Stamos.  In a game of Mercy, I mean.

  21 comments for “Mercy

  1. November 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Gotta love the last line. It reminds me of my BIL having a serious conversation with his young son — about the universe and life etc. He asked J if he had any questions. “Yes Dad, how do they get the sticky stuff on tape?”


  2. November 16, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Gotta love the sweet innocence of a child that doesn't think women can be fat. He is going to be in for a rude awakening at some point, probably at a grocery store.

    Kids are so fun to talk to, aren't they. If John Stamos wanted to play Mercy with me, I would let him win. I would want him to think I am skinny.


  3. November 16, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Just wait until littleb figures out that women can be skinny AND strong! That just might be the gal he falls for, only to realize some decades later that his mom was like that, too.


  4. November 16, 2013 at 2:58 am

    How do they? There is a local company here in RI that has made it big by inventing something sticky that does not need a backing, therefore companies can save all the money that would have been required to manufacture the backing part. And it is good for the environment. Kinda curious how that works.


  5. November 16, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Cheryl: You are right about John Stamos. I didn't think that one through:-) Let him win.


  6. November 16, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Jenny, you leave the nicest comments:-) thank you.


  7. November 16, 2013 at 3:40 am

    car conversations are the best, i think. i was driving my teen age son to school last month and we got into a very in-depth conversation about batman vs. spiderman. we decided that batman doesn't really bring anything to a fight that isn't man made. spiderman has cool webs he can throw, complete with some really cool sound effects: pshtew, pshtew!! ; )


  8. November 16, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Hi Katie, ah but had I been there, I would have countered with Fashion. Batman has a cooler costume and is less creepy overall. Plus he's more manly. Although the side kick thing is a little suspect. I like that Spidey works alone. Arrgggghhh. If only I had been there!!!


  9. November 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love littleb! What a very wise kid he already is. You've definitely got a keeper there~


  10. November 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I'll give him this, Shelly, he knows when to change the subject:-) thanks.


  11. November 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Rule Number 1: Never comment on a blog discussing weight.


  12. November 17, 2013 at 12:28 am

    What a wise little soul. Gotta love that conversation.


  13. November 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

    This is adorable. I like strong and skinny the best. With french fries at the same time.


  14. November 17, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I calls 'em as I sees 'em 🙂 It's true, though – kids often end up with significant others who have their parents' attributes. It's a heartwarming thing.

    Have a good evening, Chicken 🙂


  15. November 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    And a good morning to you, Jenny:-) Thanks again


  16. November 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    SS You just broke your own rule!!! It's ok here, though. Chicken don't judge.


  17. November 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Hilary, I love this age. They are all so wise and creative.


  18. November 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Kerry, Thank you for visiting. I long for a world where french fries and skinny peacefully coexist. Somehow I doubt Satis-fries are the answer but maybe they are a beginning.


  19. November 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Yea, I thunk of that before I posted but I hoped you wouldnt catch it.


  20. November 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I want to say, first, that I'm very sorry about your mother. When my dad died, I fell in love with him all over again, with the clarity of distance and grief. It seems you're doing something similar, perhaps.

    For this post right here, you made me hoot with the part about being a Francophile. HEE-HEE.


  21. November 29, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Hi Jocelyn, Thank you:-)


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