Socrates & Plato

This happens every once in a while; G goes off to grandma's and I'm left in a quiet house with only the distant sound of chainsaws (?!) to keep me company. It's great. (Not the chainsaws- they'd better stop soon.) I am an introvert by nature, and it's at times difficult to spend day after day in the company of a chatty little unreasonable extrovert.
I say 'unreasonable' because she is only three. She is developing her sense of reasoning, and while it is coming along nicely, she is often relentless in her use of the Socratic Method, asking question after question, (usually beginning with 'why...?'); all in pursuit of her metaphysical inqury into the nature of the world. To which I reply, in the manner of Socrates to his pupil Plato, "Because I said so!"
Today is looking pretty quiet and hopefully my feeble wits can recover. The summer can be hard work for the stay at home mommy!


Anonymous said...

this posting made me smile, because B officially turned three at the beginning of the month--and just the past 2 weeks it is like a "3" switch was turned and now she is SO different in some ways! She is not listening well, and definately tries to "reason" with me and definately drives me crazy! she is not being baaaaaad, just. . . persistent. demanding. stubborn. you know--three.

and yet she is *so cute* even as i want to yell sometimes. : )

her latest adorable/obnoxious trick: i tell her not to do something (like today, not to play the piano up on stage at the abbey) and she heads for it anyway, and i repeat the command with a warning tone, saying "i said no" and she turns to me and points to me and says emphatically "i said stop it."

ah, well, it is good for a chuckle (while dragging a little protesting girl away from temptation. . . )


rosa said...

that is TOO funny! G went through this thing where she would say "ACTUALLY, I want to ......."
We figured out that she had recognized it as a word of power. I used it with her when she'd say, "I want to...(fill in the blank, go to the park, whatever)...." and I'd say, "Well, honey, ACTUALLY, we're going to go home now." It was like a spell, say the magic word, 'actually' and what you want gets to happen. If only it were that simple.

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