After a full birthday party, it's time for Emmanuel to write Thank You's. But getting E-man to do this is probably more painful than banging your head against the wall. We did get one done last night and it went like this.
Mommy: E-man, do you remember why we write Thank You's??
E-man: Because you make us.
M: No. Well yes, but we do it to show people how much we appreciate how thoughtful they were right?
E: Yea, right
M: OK, let's start, To..
E: To what?
M: let's write TO, T...
E: I need a Popsicle.
M: You don't need a Popsicle
E: I can't write T without a Popsicle.
(E-man goes to get a popsicle)
M: E-man you're eating two freeze pops at once?
M: OK, T
E: What color is my tongue?
M: It's orange, please write O
M: now we are going to write Riley.
(E-man chomps more on his popsicle)
E: Now what color is my tongue?
M: It's green and orange now, please write R
E: How do you do a L?
M: Like this, a long line and a short line at the end.
E: Show me
M: Like this
E: Oh yea, L
E: I know that one, E
Chomps more on popsicle
M: Now we are going to write Thank you
M: Because we are doing thank you notes, and we are going to say thank you.
E: Abegail!! Look at this, what color is my tongue??
M: Abegail and Annie please go down stairs
(popsicle begins to drip on the thank you note)
M: E-man please write T
M: Because we are writing Thank you
E: I need another popsicle
M: You do not need another popsicle come on...
(E-man finishes the juice on his freeze pop)
M: whistles yoo hoo
E: What are you doing?
M: I'm making a bird call
E: Why are you making a bird call?
M: I'm trying to get your attention, now we are on A, please write an A
E: I have to get another popsicle
M: No, after you finish you can get another popsicle
E: Mommy, I can not write these Thank you notes without another popsicle.
(goes to get another freeze pop)
M: E-man you are eating three freeze pops at once?
E: Yea, cool huh?
M: OK, we are on N
E: uh, K, oh yea K
M: Now we are going to do You, Y
E: Mommy, what color is my tongue?
M: It's green, come on O
E: Green, wait, I have to go look in the mirror.
(goes to look in the mirror)
M: OK we are on O
M: Yes, O.
E: Mommy, is my tongue really green?
M: Yes, it's really green, now O
M: OK, Now we are going to do For, F
E: How do you do F again??
M: An E without the bottom line
E: you mean this line
M: No this line
E: Now I messed up.
M: It's OK, put an X on that and try again.
E: I can't try again, I messed up.
M: It's OK, come on.
E: Do you think it's cool I have a green tongue?
M: Yes, I've always wanted a son with a green tongue, now write an O please!
E: What's an R again?
M: R, like this
E: OK R
(more popsicle juice drips on thank you)
M: now we are going to do My-M
(E-man staring in space)
M: whistles, yoo hoo..
E: You calling birds again??
M: No, I'm trying to get you to concentrate, M
E: Y, oh, yea Y
M: OK, now we are going to write present.
E: I really like Riley's hair. Can I have hair like Riley's??
M: No, come on we are on P
E: P??? Why can't I have hair like Riley's?
M: Because that's not how you were made. Come on E-man, P
E: P? What's a P?
M: Half a B.
E: Oh yea, P
E: Mommy, I'm so tired.
M: Come on we are getting there
E: I can't do it, I'm just so tired, it's taking so long
M: Come on we are getting there. S
E: S, is that a good S?
M: That's a great S, and S is a hard letter to do. Now E
E: This is taking so long...You do the rest.
M: No, E-man, we are almost done. E
E: I CAN NOT DO IT! I'm so tired, I have to go to bed.
M: Come on, you are doing very well. we are almost done. Do T Please.
M: OK, now all you have to do is Love, Emmanuel
E: Love??? I don't Love Riley.
M: OK, how about from-F
E: This is the last one I'm doing, you do the rest of the notes, F
E: R? Oh yea, R
M: Very good, now M
M: OK, now write your name
E: Can I sleep with you, since I did my Thank you notes?
M: No, and you just did one Thank you note, you have 7 more to go.
E: I'm not doing it then. And I'm not doing any more.
M: Emmanuel, please just write your name
E: I can't, I'm so tired. It's taking so long.
M: Please Eman, just write E-man
E: NOoooo, finally writes Emmanuel
M: great thanks so much, that's very good.
E: So every night I write my thank you notes, I can sleep with you??
The end result: To Riley, Thank you for my present. From Emmanuel