Monday, September 8th 2008
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Caden-4yr

We’re home, back from a trip to see Kim-14yr.  Wouldn’t it be great for me to report how well it went?  Yeah, well. Maybe one day.  (Maybe one day my few references to her won’t be linked to posts that tout the Total Transformation! There’s a good goal. )Well.  It didn’t go well.  It was excruciating. A three-part exercise in cruelty, teenager style.   One day it will be different. On  the night of part one of this exercise, Mike and the boys and I went to dinner. It was late, and we were tired and emotionally drained.  Caden-4yr turns to me and matter-of-factly says, “I have twinkle behind my eyeballs.”  Note: In our family, “twinkle” translates directly to “urine.”  Yeah. It really does.  I don’t remember exactly why, but it started with my mother – at some point in time after my sister and i were grown and before potty training Kim-14yr.   It thoroughly complicates the comprehension of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’So when Caden-4yr states that he has twinkle behind his eyeballs, I start to think that perhaps he really has to go potty.  No.  ”Mommy, I really do!  Someone told me that a yong time ago!”   (Caden-4yr does not often pronounce the letter ‘l.’)  ”Well.  Ew!  No.  Eyes are wet – you’re right, but it isn’t twinkle!”Caden-4yr gets visibly frustrated, and I notice Mike across the table laughing at us.  Exhausted, I mentally search for how to explain to a four year old what ‘eye liquid’ is.  Saline?  No.  That comes in bottles.  Um…. tears?  No. Then he’ll think he’s always about to cry…Mike stops laughing long enough to explain that Caden-4yr has clearly misunderstood the phrase “a twinkle in your eye.”  Oh.   And that would be my fault, because I always thought I’d be one of those mothers who used the correct terminology, rather than cutesy-talk.  But somehow, it just didn’t happen.  ”Twinkle” seemed so harmless.  But you know what happens when you use the word twinkle?  Then the boys deduce that they have a Twinkle Spot!   And that would be why Caden-4yr was overheard in a crowded food court last week yelling, “WHOAH!  I NEED TO POTTY!  THAT BIG DRINK WENT STRAAAAAAAAAAAIGHT TO MY TWINKLE SPOT!”     


4 Comments on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Caden-4yr”

September 8th, 2008
5:34 am

You’ve been in my prayers before and will be again now. Sometime I’ll tell you more about why, but your situation with daughter strikes a chord in my heart.

Be blessed.

September 8th, 2008
8:07 pm

Yes, the cutesy talk does get in the way sometimes. My oldest had the alarming habit of calling dump trucks various forms of “dumb cukks.” Yeah, try explaining THAT in church.

September 8th, 2008
9:47 pm

Daughters can be the bane of our existence and at the same time the essence of our hearts. I believe the teen years are the storm before the calm. blessings, marlene

September 10th, 2008
3:17 pm

Totall unrelated to the post – but that’s okay!

I just wanted to let you know I got the book – and it’s SOOO good – I can’t put it down! ;)

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