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>Say it with me now … preventable !

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>Well….

My son has distinct issues with listening. He cannot retain things for long periods of time if they are instructions. Or most things for that matter. He can remember things to do with TV shows or movies or books. He can remember things that have to do with him growing up, etc. However – day to day instructions just seem to baffle him. Hence our story for today.

I preface this by either illuminating or reminding our readers that Thomas’ latest adventure included lighting a match in the boy’s bathroom at school. This ties in to our word for tonight – preventable.

Michael and I are sitting on the couch TV surfing. Loads of mindless for the masses reality TV that quite frankly makes me ill. Who gives a flying crap about Kim Kardashian anyway ? She looks like a brainless idiot who cannot fathom that the world does not owe her squat. Or Dina Lohan who is the world’s worst mother next to Mommy Dearest. But I digress ….

As we start to head for bed it’s now after 10pm and this little voice calls down the stairs – Mommmmmmm. Quite rudely I say “What ?!”. Please bear in mind I’ve had a long day. The little voice says – “You’re going to be mad aren’t you ?” At this point I’m already annoyed so I say “yes.” I then discover that my son has taken his lovely putty which has been given to him by the occupational therapist and has somehow got it in his hair.

I preface this by saying I have repeatedly asked Thomas not to keep the putty in his room. I have repeatedly removed the putty and put it downstairs. And I have repeatedly found it back in his room. Now we go back to the whole instruction thing which we’ve already covered.

So I see his rather large clump of silver shiny goo firmly ensconced in my child’s georgous auburn hair and I say, “idiot”. No pretty language. No feel better language. Just “idiot”. I swear. Idiot, idiot, idiot. So we head to the bathroom and under brighter lights I see that Wile E. Coyote has got this stuff matted in his hair and at this point it’s not coming out quietly. So I decide to go to town on the hair. We comb and comb and comb. Putty is coming out but so is hair. Not a lot but enough that the eyes start to water and the boy starts to beg for Daddy’s brilliant suggestion of shaving his head. To this I say no. To this I start to sing a little song which goes to the tune of It’s a Small World. Sing it with me won’t you ??

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hope and a world of fears
There’s so much that we share
That it’s time we aware
To leave the putty downstairs

Then we go to the chorus. Quite original I think:

Leave the putty downstairs
Leave the putty downstairs
Leave the putty downstairs
Or it will get in your hair.

My son at this point is not finding this amusing. His head hurts. He is tired. And his mother is making unholy fun of him for getting putty in his hair. At this point I take further pleasure in using this moment to define Preventable. Our word for the day. I say to my son, “how many times have I told you to leave the putty downstairs ?” He replies through tears and snuffles – “About five thousand”. “Close” I say. “This, my son, is a perfect example of preventable”. I go on to illustrate that he and I both could have done without this moment in our lives and I ask him again what Preventable means. He forgets. I illustrate again how the fire at school was Preventable. I ask him again what Preventable means. He remembers. As we go to bed, “What is our word for tonight Thomas ?” “PREVENTABLE Mom – I get it !”

Sometimes my son has to learn things the hard way. I did too. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be super sweet and smothering when he pulls a bone headed move because he won’t remember the lesson in all of it. Sometimes it pays to sing a little song about the word of the day: Preventable. Sing it with me won’t you ? I’m just hoping my next song won’t have the word Contraception in it.

Author: Elizabeth Plouffe

Writer, communicator, entrepreneur, tea enthusiast (bordering on fanatic) who enjoys helping others connect. Cookbook reader, cottage lover, book devourer (apparently I make up my own language too) and seeker of the ambition to exercise.

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