Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Busted by a Three-Year-Old

My wife came home from work on Saturday and we all decided to head over to the mall for some shopping and dinner. 'Tis the season, right?

I had just spent the morning alone with my girls and was relieved to have my wife home from work to lend a hand, although Saturday mornings are my favorite as far as 'Daddy Time' goes.

As we were headed over to the mall, my three-year-old daughter chimed in from the back seat,

"Daddy! Tell Mommy about when you got MAD!"

Uh oh, I thought. Here it comes. I replied,

"Yes, Daddy got a little mad this morning but it's OK now."

Just when I thought that this would blow over...she chimed in again,

"Yes, Mommy. Daddy bonked-ed his head on the kitchen chair and he got mad...and yelled at it...and then he KICKED it!"

Yep, I was toast. I've got a pretty good handle on the old Italian temper these days. Still, I was bent down, trying to fix a loose screw on the cast-iron chair when the phone rang, the doorbell rang, the baby started crying, and the dog started barking.

I jumped up and slammed the right side of my eye socket right into the cast-iron chair. For a moment, I thought I was going to have a black eye and I momentarily went a little ape.

I could tell that I had scared my three-year-old, though, so I immediately went over and told her I was sorry for yelling at the chair (no BAD words, thank goodness) and that I shouldn't have kicked it.

I also made sure she knew that I wasn't mad at her, that I had just gotten mad at that silly chair.

Eventually, the family had a good laugh about what is now known as 'the kitchen chair incident'.

For now, I am focusing on 'breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out'. :-)


Amy said...

Very funny!
I'm glad that my husband is not the only one getting mad a inanimate object in front of the children!

Rachel said...

LOL! Poor you!
I suffer from the accursed redheaded celtic temper, so I feel ya!
Thanks for commenting on my Wizard of Oz post! Your blog is darlin' and such a fun read.
If you don't mind I'm going to blogroll you!

The Sports Mama said...

Oh yeah.... the furniture in my house is always getting in trouble! We have a special time out corner just for the living room tables! :)

JLow said...

They will warm your heart a few days later, when they ask you how your head is doing.... My little girl did.

Well if she doesn't then you can bump your head again, MAKE SURE she sees it, & see if she will, a few days after that...

If she still doesn't, repeat step 1 again...

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Mine just started figuring out the whole tattling thing. Daddy is HATING it, but I'm loving it since she nearly always tattles on him.

Amy said...

Thanks for the Mercy Me recommendation. I will have to add it to my Christmas wish list!

Have you heard of the Air 1 radio station? They broadcast alternative Christian radio all over the US and on line. I listen to that station exclusively. I will have to keep an ear out for Mercy Me's new songs.

Anonymous said...

I hear ya. I suffer from the Italian Temper too. No bad words?... I'm impressed. YOu really are super dad!