Sunday, September 16, 2012

Is my mom lying to me?

Do any of you have a child that doesn't believe what you say- they have to experience it for themselves?

When Jake was 3 he was in the kitchen with me while I was cooking. I turned on the stove, turned to Jake and said, "Be careful the stove is hot."  In fact it was glowing red. I went back to the sink to grab the pot of water. I heard Jake say "ouch" as I turned to see him removing his hand from the glowing burner. "Yep, you're right, it's hot".
Well, duh! Kids must think parents say these things to tease them- dare them or play a joke on them.

Years later when I was telling this story to a friend and she started laughing, "Well at least he hasn't peed on an electric fence". She was paraphrasing a quote by Will Rogers:

"There are three kinds of men:
The ones that learn by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves."

"Oh, well" I said,  "he's done that too."
 Year later- so old enough to know better he was going to the park with the Lacrosse team and coach (during a rain storm no less) the coach told them to be careful of the electric fence they were passing. Jake promptly dropped his shorts and peed on the fence. He was shot back on his butt. Half the boys were laughing, half the boys holding their privates commiserating with him. "What were you thinking" the coach asked.
"I wanted to see if it really was electric."
No reason was given on why he decided to pee on it.