Gut Rumbles

May 27, 2006

little pitchers and big ears

I had to chuckle when I read this post. Young'uns (at least the BRIGHT ones) spend a lot of their formative years trying to make sense out of a VERY confusing world. Lacking the life-experience or the wisdom of old farts mature adults, they do the best they can with limited resources.

"Raisin Brain?" Yeah. Makes PERFECT sense to me, especially when you consider how much a raisin resembles a tiny, dried brain. Kids can put THAT kind of 2+2 together, then take the next logical step and figger out that raisin=poop, after you've attempted to explain dietary fiber.

Kids HAVE a "raisin brain," and they USE IT in strange ways as parents try "raisin'" THEM.

Once, years ago, my Uncle Virgil was spoiling babysitting his six year-old grandaughter and he fed her a frozen fudgepop. She ate it with great gusto, and she ended up with a chocolate-colored mess smeared all over her mouth, cheeks, nose and chin. Virgil wet a rag with some warm water and said, "Amber, come here. I wanna wash your face off."

Amber RAN SCREAMING!!!! The little girl was TERRIFIED, and she finally threw herself into my Aunt Peggy's arms while crying, "Mamaw!!!! Don't let Papaw do it!!! Don't let him DO IT!!!!" Stunned by the outburst, Virgil stood there with a wet rag in his hand and wondered just what the hell he had done to frighten the child so badly.

The explanation was simple, if you look at it from a kid's point of view. Virgil said, "I wanna wash your face off," meaning that he intended to clean up the chocolate-colored mess she wore.

But that's not what Amber thought. She heard, "I wanna wash your face... OFF!!!" which meant (to her) that she wouldn't have a face anymore once Papaw was finished with her. NO WONDER the kid ran screaming. Even at the age of six, she wanted to have a face. She didn't want it WASHED OFF!!!

You've got to be careful how you explain things to kids. What seems simple to YOU is all new to THEM, and a communication breakdown is likely to occur if YOU aren't paying attention to what you say, because you can bet your sweet ass that THEY ARE.

Sometimes, raisin-brained adults forget that simple fact.


heh heh heh...too funny. I remember getting confused when Mom had to "put her face on"...I used to think, but Mom already has a face!!!

Posted by: Lisa on May 27, 2006 05:40 PM

Well Rob, you got a big BINGO about where the poop reference came from. After she reasoned out my explanation for fibre I was thinking "Big mistake..." Oh well, good reasoning on her part, right? She just missed the whole digestion part.

Posted by: G on May 27, 2006 07:37 PM
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