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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Parenting 101: 3 for 3

The scene: 

The treppenwitz family is gathering at the dining-room table for dinner.  David and the big kids are already seated at the table and Zahava is in the kitchen preparing a pitcher of iced tea. 

Yonah, our willful three-and-a-half-year-old son, is refusing to be seated and is, instead, pushing a matchbox car around the perimeter of the table. 

As he pushes the car along the edge of the tablecloth he makes 'vroom vroom' noises under his breath and causes the miniature race car to veer wildly from side to side... nearly out of control.

After a particularly reckless turn, one of the little car's wheels pops off and arcs high across the room.

Yonah:  "Oh sh*t!"

David, Ariella and Gilad (staring at Yonah in silent disbelief as he wanders nonchalantly over to pick up the tiny tire):  [~ ?! ~]

Zahava (entering the dining-room with a grin on her face):  "My work here is done."


Posted by David Bogner on July 10, 2007 | Permalink


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Posted by: Safranit | Jul 10, 2007 9:27:20 AM

Hmmmm....I wonder where he learned that....

Posted by: K Newman | Jul 10, 2007 9:57:16 AM

I guess that he is almost ready for this post. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Jul 10, 2007 11:02:46 AM

Nice. Very nice. Thanks for making laugh out loud first thing in the morning!
Give that nephew of mine a big kiss for me! :)

Posted by: val | Jul 10, 2007 1:39:09 PM

The best part of this is that he used the word correctly.

I think I like Zahava.

Posted by: dfb1968 | Jul 10, 2007 2:16:00 PM

Oh, $@#%!!

Posted by: Yaron | Jul 10, 2007 3:07:33 PM


Posted by: seawitch | Jul 10, 2007 3:14:13 PM

Too funny. That was the first "curse word" that Little Orieyenta used. I was just s surprised as you guys sounded yet thankful that it wasn't something worse!

Posted by: orieyenta | Jul 10, 2007 3:23:28 PM


Posted by: Ezzie | Jul 10, 2007 6:57:39 PM


Posted by: weese | Jul 10, 2007 8:54:16 PM

That's it. I'm calling child protective services.

I'm sure they have a Potty Mouth Division!

(Soon he'll be cursing in Hebrew.)

Posted by: Albert | Jul 11, 2007 6:02:27 AM

Snorting with laughter....I do so love the <48 month set. At least he didn't come out with F***.

Posted by: Liz | Jul 11, 2007 8:06:00 PM

Is your brother-in-law going to analyze this remark? Perhaps on this very page?

Posted by: Dave (Balashon) | Jul 11, 2007 11:23:42 PM

When we lived in the Netherlands the only English speakers my brother and I were exposed to were our parents, some linguistically gifted locals, and the rare visitor from the States - mostly academics and the occasional relative.

My mother, at one point, was extremely disturbed to discover that I had acquired a vocabulary more suited to a house of ill-repute than to civilized company. And was at a loss as to that vocabulary's provenance. She strongly hinted that my father had a lot to answer for. Clearly he was the culprit. Hint hint hint.

She overlooked that she had spent large parts of her own life on army bases....... And she herself often described certain words as good old Anglo-Saxon expressions which only became offensive during Victorian times......

The scholar of Old-English was herself the most fertile source of "interesting" locutions.

You shall respect your parents' word-hoard, that your lives may be fruitfull in the land.

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Jul 11, 2007 11:56:31 PM

Looks like it's time for someone to clean up their act.

And to think that you made certain implications about my vocabulary?

Posted by: tnspr569 | Jul 12, 2007 1:32:34 AM

Safranit... SHHHHH, aren't you in a library? :-)

K Newman... If you have a coin handy... go ahead and give it a toss. :-)

Jack... I'd expect him to have mastered this vocabulary by the time he graduates high school. I just wasn't ready for him to know how to use that particular word while he's in 3-year-old gan. :-)

val... Sure, re-enforce bad behavior. I see you're getting an early start on your 'aunt responsibilities'. :-)

dfb1968... Yup, she's a *%#~& keeper..

Yaron... No, so far I don't think he knows that one. :-)

seawitch... Happy top gladden your day.

orieyenta... If he insists on hanging around while I build our pergola, he's going to expand his vocabulary considerably. :-)

Ezzie... Wait. Just wait. that's all I have to say. :-)

weese... I'm guessing Ferris was a precocious kid at this age too. :-)

Albert... At least that we won't understand. :-)

Liz... At least that would have made his uncle proud. :-)

Dave (Balashon)... No, his specialty is the 'F' word. :-)

Back of the Hill... At least Zahava and I are both aware of our contributions to our kid's vocabularies.

tnspr569... Yeah, and there are also a few barn doors I need to close now that the cows and horses have run off. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jul 12, 2007 11:51:46 AM

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