Friday, August 4

My Son's Moving Away

While I was talking on the phone this morning with my sister my son announces he's moving to Strausburg, PA. He packed his Thomas the Tank Engine backpack with his favorite teddy bear and frog, his diary (a little Pirates of the Caribbean notebook that came in a Happy Meal) and his football bank.

Me: How are you getting there?
Him: My peddlecar.
Me: How are you going to make money?
Him: I'm bringing my football bank.
Me: That money wont last long.
Him: Then I'll go to work for the railroad, theirs is the best you know.
Me: I know, it is the best, do you think they'll hire a 5 year old?
Him: Why not?
Me: I think you might need to be a little older.
Him: Old like Dave or old like Jessie? (his cousins--Dave is 9 and Jessie is 20)
Me: Old like Jessie.
Him: Oh. Well, I'm going anyway.
Me: Okay, how long do you think it'll take to get there with the peddlecar?
Him: I don't know, how long?
Me: Probably a couple of months.
Him: So, I'll take the van instead.

On a fairly regular basis he asks if he can drive my mini-van, and gets real annoyed when I inform him that the police don't allow little kids drive cars, they can't reach the peddles and see over the steering wheel at the same time.

My sister heard this entire conversation and thought it hysterical, because the child is deadly earnest, you can hear it in his voice. I hang up and tell him sorry, there'll be no moving today. He's still mad at me. I think ordering his birthday cake may cheer him up.

Three posts in one day is my limit.

Have a good one, and happy reading.


Bookwormom said...

My nephew has has several similar conversations with my sister. Must be the age. Or else early teenagerhood- 'hand me all your $$ & the car keys'. LOL ;)

Happy weekend reading!

Devonna said...

Oh, that's funny. You're son sounds like a hoot ~ definitely thinks for himself, from what I've read.

CindyS said...

Too cute!

My Godson is more manipulative. He told his mother the other day that he was running away. She told him she would be sad if he did. He was quiet for a while and then said, I'm still going.

I told her she should have packed him a bag. It'd only work once though, after that, the shock value doesn't work.

Sounds like your little guy is just fiercely independent.


Tara Marie said...

Amanda, I try hard not to be too authoritative when he does things like this, so the discussions become interesting. I fear teenagerhood. He'll be a teenager while I'm going through menopause--it's going to be ugly.

Devonna, oh, he's a hoot alright--LOL.

Cindy, always pack the bag when they're running away. That's one of the Mommy Rules.

My sister ran away once, mom packed her little suitcase and she went across the courtyard of our apartment to my grandparents.

He is incredibly independent and I think it's important to let him be.

Kristie (J) said...

He sounds like such a unique sweetheart. I hope you are writing all these conversations down so that when he's older, you can show him how interesting he was at such a young age *grin*

Jane said...

Hilarious. I love it that he is going to use his peddle car. How imaginative. Can we hook our two kids up?

Tara Marie said...

Kristie, I do write them down, I figure it's something to blackmail him with when he's a teenager, I also have several naked baby pictures to use.

Jane, I was rather relieved he planned to use his peddle car and not his scooter, he's damn fast on that scooter. Hook ups at 5--Love it.

Jane said...

Lily is only 2 but I like the age difference. She already has a betrothed but if that falls through . . .