Thursday, 13 August 2009

In Which Youngest is Very Proud and I am Stumped

'Have you sawn wot I dunned?' asks Youngest.
'No,' I reply. But I know he's going to show me.
Sure enough, he leads me by the hand to his room. Up the stairs. Round the corner. His little face all lit up with Expectation.
We walk in to his room.
Nothing. Just the same.
'Well, Mummy, can you see it?' he asks, excitement brewing.
I absolutely can't see anything at all.
'Course I can!' I answer cheerily. 'You clever boy!' I kiss the top of his head, scanning the room desperately for clues. I mustn't ask. It will deflate him like a balloon.
His cup overflows. His smile is from ear to ear.
'Fanks, Mum,' he says, all bashful. 'I knowed you'd like it.'
Down we come.
'What did he do?' asks Middle Son.
For a moment I am stumped.
Then,
'Go and see for yourself.'
Up Middle Son goes.
We hear him yell from the top of the stairs,
'What has he done? I can't see anything.'
Youngest and I exchange long suffering look.
Youngest yells up after him,
'I dunned it without being asken!'
I realise.
He has made his bed. Without being Asken.
I hug him tight.
These days are Good. So good.

22 comments:

Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said...

Brilliant. I love it.

I spend most of my time stumped, telling my children well done only to discover that what he has done is wee on the floor or what she has done is accidentally feed the dog something hazardous

Mum Gone Mad said...

Honey! I am glad you managed to bluff through the mystery :)

London City Mum said...

Love this, very sweet and reminiscent of my Widget.
He would have just added something else at the end: "Do I get a gold star?"

Jeff D'Antonio said...

Beautiful. Those are the little moments that make it all worthwhile. :)

Clippy Mat said...

'have you sawn wot i dunned?'
lovely.
what a great child.
well handled mum.
:-)

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Fabulous - it had me chuckling and teary eyed at the same time. You are obviously diplomat material, handling that situation the way you did. He would have been deflated wouldn't he. Lovely little boy! A x

DJan said...

That is so lovely. I am impressed with your diplomatic skills. Not sure I would have known how to handle it. Your kids have a brilliant mom!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, how darling :)

Neas Nuttiness said...

All those little steps lead up to big ones. I wish that 25 year old who is still home, would do some help without my having to asken!!!

Life is good! said...

i love those kinda days!

Ladybird World Mother said...

Laura - stumped is normal, wouldnt you think!!
MGM - so am I! Very very puzzled at the time... bless his heart.
LCM - Ah, I think my Youngest asked for a 'tick' which is what they get for doing something without being 'asken'. Loads of ticks later we get to do something nice. When I remember. Oh dear. :)
Jeff - sure is... aren't they just the best moments. Makes me feel teary just reading it back! x
CM - oh thank you! I just love how you lot get this little story. makes me feel very glad!
Anne - oh, he would have been so sad for me not to have noticed... bed made beautifully ever since!! So so sweet.
DJan - Oh, how kind you are. Makes it easier if your kids are just plain gorgeous in the first place!
CS - glad you liked it!1 :)
NN !!! Would be nice if my 20 year old would too... bless their cotton socks. x
Life is good - so do I... they make the rest worth while, dont they!

Nicola said...

Lovely post. I am so glad you managed to cleverly hide your initial confusion. I am going to take a leaf out of your book, if a similar situation arises in the future. Brilliant.

Pam said...

Oh, what a lovely lovely moment. That boy deserves a big kiss.
When my boy says "mummy, look!" it's to show me crayon marks on my coffee table. Little boys are far too honest aren't they.

smileymamaT said...

Love this post. Absolutely love it. :)
Little boys are just like little girls, I think, in their funny comments when they are small! And half the time they don't even realize just how funny they are...My youngest cracks me up all the time. Happy .. um.. 104th?? post!
:) T

Debs said...

What a sweetheart. Maybe he could come here and give some lessons to a few teenagers.

Catharine Withenay said...

I think you bluffed your way through marvellously. I'd have gone in foot first, upsetting everyone along the way. Well done you - and more importantly, well done him!

Ladybird World Mother said...

nicola - so glad that have supplied future mothering skill... and that you liked the post!
Pam - I know, they are too honest for their own good... Youngest tells me everything... so so sweet.
smileymamaT - oh, so glad you liked it! I just LOVE what little people come out with...
Debs - I am sure he would love to! he's told some teenagers to stop behaving so badly before!!
CW - oh thank you! Just knew he would be crushed if I asked him what he'd done. Thank god I twigged in the end!!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Wow I'm impressed! Lovely post.

i cannaetell said...

I keep dunnen stuff without being asken but no-one ever gives me a tick.

Ladybird World Mother said...

reasonstobecheerful123 - how kind! glad you liked it... x
i cannaetell - awwww... have a tick from me!! For making me laugh. x

nikgee said...

Very cool story!!!nick

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Have you thought of writing up to date "Just William" stories? Believe me - you've got it cracked!