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Parenting 101 - I’m Bored

It’s Sunday afternoon and none of their friends are home.  And they’re bored.
“Yes, honey.”
“I’m bored.”
“What do you mean you’re bored?”
“I have nothing to do.”
“What about all your games and toys?”
“Too boring!”
“Hmmm. Let’s see. Have you finished digesting your lunch?”
“Digesting my lunch?  Um, no.”
“Okay, let me know when you’re finished.”
“Mom, that’s not DOING anything!”
“Well then, how about this?  Did you remember to blink your eyes in the last ten seconds?”
“I don’t know.”
“What about breathe?”
“Huh?  Sure, I’m breathing, mom.”
“Every five seconds?”
“I guess so.”
“That’s good. When was the last time you swallowed?”
“Um, GULP, just now.”
“Heart still pumping?”
“Seventy-two times a minute?”
“I don’t know, but I can check.”
“Ears hearing okay?”
“Obviously, mom.”
“What about your eyes?  Still seeing those millions of details every second?”
“Wow!  I didn’t know they worked that fast.”
“Sure. There are so many things in your body that go to work in a flash. And whileyou’re at it, did you forget that your body is also walking, talking, thinking, learning, feeling, smelling and growing?”
“Yup. Haven’t you felt your cells dividing?”
“You didn’t notice yourself getting any bigger?”
“No, mom, I was too busy taking care of all that other stuff.”
“Really? I thought you said you had nothing to do.”
“Suddenly I’m feeling pretty busy.”
“Hey, mom, can I go rest for a while?”
“Sure, dear, you must be tired.  You’ve had a VERY busy day.”
“I sure have.  Thanks, mom.”

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Comments icon August 26, 2009