04 September 2009

Friday Funny

Before I became an empty nester, I was a foster parent and adoptive parent. When you take in older children, sometimes you have to teach a few odd basics that got missed somewhere along the way. Such as turning off the light when you leave the room, turning off the water when you’re done washing your hands or putting toothpaste on toothbrushes, not hair brushes.

Oh, and not sticking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the VCR because they fit.

And sometimes, the kids you take in teach you lessons you never dreamed you'd need to learn.

We were eating dinner with company one night when my then almost-adopted 9-year-old son pointed out I had forgotten to pour him some milk.

I immediately poured half a glass. He reacted with shock.

"I can drink the whole thing!" he cried. "Milk is my life!"

Having previously learned – the hard way – not to pour whole glasses of fluid at mealtime, I told him he could have more after he finished.

"Welcome to the Snowflake household," he announced, sounding rather annoyed, to our amused guests. "We don't pour whole glasses around here, only halfs (sic). And you have to finish what you have before you get seconds!"

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