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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Need for Coffee

Friday morning...

TONGGINATOR: Momma, do we have to stop by the coffee shop on the way to school this morning???

TONGGU MOMMA: Yes, Tongginator, we do.

TONGGINATOR: (serious whine action alert) But why?

TONGGU MOMMA: Honey, Momma did not sleep well last night. I'd make coffee here, but Momma forgot to run the dishwasher last night, so Daddy started it this morning. Guess what's inside the dishwasher?

TONGGINATOR: The coffee pot?

TONGGU MOMMA: The coffee pot. And I am not gonna make it volunteering in the library all morning without some coffee. Momma NEEDS coffee this morning.

TONGGINATOR: Momma. You do not NEED coffee this morning. You WANT coffee this morning. There's a difference.

The little stinker. I would have argued the point, but I knew it would skew the results of her Unit Three Social Studies test, which was scheduled for later that afternoon.

19 comments:

Keating Mom said...

ARGH! Haha! Just what you need on a no-coffee morning, right? Someone who listens and sends your logic right back to you :)

Aus said...

Ooooh - a no coffee morning and a smart alick (not to mention seemingly intelligent but not yet 'street wise' child who fails to grasp the risk of taunting someone who has not yet had their morning coffee) - that's maybe a recipe for a disaster! ;) (this written by the hand of a guy with a 6 cup a day 'habit')~

hugs - aus and co.

Tonya said...

Why do they always pick the most inconvenient times to prove that they listen to us?? Mine do that, too. I'm often getting my words right back at me -- in fact, I think I may have had discussions very similar to this one. LOL

jen@odbt said...

My daughter just went through the wants and needs curriculum. It is pretty funny when they "educate" us on our wants/needs ;) At least they're listening and learning at school.

prechrswife said...

Morning caffeine...definitely a need. :-)

sara said...

In a few more years she'll realize that coffee most certainly falls into the need category!

Liz said...

She obviously has not sufficiently experienced the full effect of lack of caffeine on mommy!

I gave up coffee for a couple of months recently, and when I told my three-year-old that I was going to start drinking it again, she said "good! then you won't be so cranky anymore!"

Andrea said...

Why do we keep teaching our children the difference between needs and wants when they just keep using it against us! ;-) Someday they'll learn coffee has a category of its own.

autumnesf said...

Hmmm...explaining how caffeine is a drug...which equals addiction... which equals need. Probably NOT a good thing with Miss Smart. That would not go well for you.

Carol said...

OMG! Don't you hate (ok, actually love) when the stuff you teach them comes back and bites you in the butt. I agree that coffee is more of a need for me, but to the kids, THAT definition of need is kind of like how my kids need another another video game. aiyah!

the meaklims said...

Hmm, seems to me she's heard that referenced before, probably not about coffee though! Haha!

Love it and her brain!

Jill

Kristi said...

Haha. My kids know not to question the "Mama needs coffee" myth. Seriously. You ask for proof?
One morning recently I heard a loud crashing/cracking type noise coming from the back of the house ~ where my kids were ~ while I was preparing breakfast. I yell back, "What was that?" and start moving that direction. My oldest meets me halfway down the hall, blocking the way, and asks, "Mommy, have you had any coffee yet today?"

Heather said...

That is so funny! Don't you hate it when they call you out on something! Little boogers! LOL

Wendy said...

Ah, she understand addiction better than most adults!

Laine said...

too funny!
Seriously, though? Coffee is not a need? Bummer! :)

lmgnyc said...

You need to change strategy TM. Get your morning coffee from a place that has something she wants too. I get my coffee from McDonalds. DD NEEDS her morning Hash Browns before Chinese class on Sundays. She doesn't "want" it, she "needs" it. :-)

Sharie said...

I have Amelia monitoring my intake of Coca Cola...every time I go to the fridge she asks if I've already had a soda...even when I'm getting something else out;)
Good thing we have our kids keeping us in check!

M3 said...

Ha!!! Love it.

And imgnyc's suggestion is genius!

Alyson and Ford said...

Too funny! She's right! Love it that they grow up so fast in some ways!

Alyzabeth's Mommy