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Monday, April 26, 2010

No self-confidence issues here!

This morning at 5:45 AM when I was making the coffee and setting the table for breakfast, I was surprised to see Yonah come padding downstairs to join me.  He's a sleepy-head and is normally the last one to make an appearance in the morning.

I gave him a kiss and pointed his little pajamaed tushy to his place at the table.  But instead of sitting down and tucking into his breakfast, he decided to share something with me which he'd clearly been thinking about.

Yonah held up his hand and announced, "This is our family!"

Often, Yonah is frustrated at having to compete with his older siblings for our attention at the table, so because the two of us were alone... and because I wasn't in a hurry (for a change), I sat down and indulged him.  "Okay, Yonah... explain how that hand is our family".

Without missing a beat, he held up his middle finger at me and said, "This is you!"

I'm sure a day will come when he'll understand the significance of the gesture he was making, but for now I simply asked him "why".

He looked at me like I was an idiot.  "Because it's the tallest one!.  The tallest one is always the Abba!"

"Okay", I said.  "That makes sense.  But what about the others?".

Delighted to have an attentive audience for a change, Yonah continued, "This one (he pointed to the ring finger) is the Ima."

I stopped him here, because he'd violated his own logic.  "But Gilad and Ariella are both taller than Ima... shouldn't that finger be one of them?"

Yonah rolled his eyes and exhaled loudly, clearly feeling he was dealing with an idiot.  "No Abba, that one wears the rings and stands next to the Abba so it has to be the Ima.  This one (pointing now to the index finger) is Ariella... and this one (pointing to the pinkie) is Gilad".

Again, I interrupted him; "But Gili is taller than Ari.  Shouldn't it be the other way around?"

The look on Yonah's face reminded me of how crestfallen my 10th grade algebra teacher used to look when he noticed the only person whose hand wasn't waving wildly in the air... me.  It was a combination of disappointment and disbelief that anyone could fail to grasp such a basic concept.

"No Abba.  Except for Ima, Ariella has known you the longest.  She always sits on your lap and she can make you do whatever she wants".

That made me giggle a little, but I tried not to let him see.  "Oh yeah?  So if the pointer finger is Ari, why is this little one Gili?  He's taller than everyone in the family but me... and he's really strong!  This is just a little tiny finger!"

The loud exhalation was repeated... this time with a slow, patient head shake. 

"Nooooo, Gilad is a Red Belt in Taekwondo.  He's the only one in the family who can break things."  And with this, Yonah made a few chopping motions with his hand that would probably not have passed muster at Gili's Taekwondo class, but which clearly demonstrated the pinkie as the one doing all the breaking.

"Okay, you've convinced me", I told him.  "But where's Yonah?

He grinned broadly, clearly pleased with himself that he was able to conceal this bit for last.

He held up his thumb and said "This is Yonah... I'm the thumb!"

I let him enjoy his moment of triumph and then asked, "Okay, but why are you the thumb?"

"Because", he exclaimed while making a fist and caressing each finger in turn with the thumb, "I'm the only one who can give everyone else in the family a hug.  And also... the other fingers can't do anything without me.  I'm the most important finger!"

With that, he started eating his Cheerios.  And before picking up his coffee-milk, he examined his hand again... secure in his primacy in the family hierarchy.

Posted by David Bogner on April 26, 2010 | Permalink


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Very cute and very clever. I bet you had a very good morning!

Posted by: Mark | Apr 26, 2010 1:36:41 PM

Ha! Love it!

Posted by: Kimber | Apr 26, 2010 2:53:18 PM

Hmmm.... explains so much.

Posted by: zahava | Apr 26, 2010 2:59:07 PM

Very, very cute. This little guy certainly has a sense of logic!

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Apr 26, 2010 3:36:49 PM

Oh so sweet :-) What a sweet boy!

Posted by: Leah Weiss Caruso | Apr 26, 2010 3:58:31 PM

precious. and what a creative thinker.

Posted by: ahuvah | Apr 26, 2010 4:28:35 PM

Love it, how sweet! Remember this moment when he's driving you crazy!

Posted by: Rachel | Apr 26, 2010 5:08:02 PM

what a wise little boy.

someone said, life is these moments...

Posted by: joyce | Apr 26, 2010 6:51:52 PM

Adorable, and so precious.

Posted by: SaraK | Apr 26, 2010 8:22:16 PM

Yonah has grasped (pun intended) the importance of the opposable thumb, one of the main attributes that make humans human.

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Apr 26, 2010 9:28:28 PM

Clever! Very impressive thinking, especially at such a young age.

Posted by: annie | Apr 27, 2010 12:45:02 AM

Reminds me of my 4-year-old daughter. (Could we be talkin' shidduch?) :)

Posted by: psachya | Apr 27, 2010 5:07:41 AM

Let the sociologists pay heed. They have a new paradigm for analyzing family structure.

Posted by: Del Bogner | Apr 27, 2010 10:46:13 AM

Wow -- I love his reasoning. And SO CUTE!

Posted by: Alisha | Apr 27, 2010 5:54:28 PM

Omigosh, that is just too sweet. I'm glad I got to witness some of that cuteness firsthand ;)

Posted by: Alissa | Apr 27, 2010 7:15:11 PM

In the future when people ask what day Yonah served notice that he had taken control you can point to this post. Cool Story, I love it.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 27, 2010 9:48:14 PM

That's so sweet!! At least he understands the importance to love the family!!
P.S.I'm Aharon and Aliza Fischman's daughter

Posted by: Rachel | Apr 28, 2010 2:54:55 AM

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