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21 April 2008

Dumbest Kid in the World

A little boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, "This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you."

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, "Which do you want, son?" The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

"What did I tell you?" said the barber. "That kid never learns."

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the young boy coming out of the ice cream store. "Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?"

The boy licked his cone and replied, "Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over."


We tend to think because we are the adults, because we have walked more miles in our shoes, seen and done more in our days, ad nauseum, that we are always superior in intellect too. Well, of course we are silly. And we have the battle scars to prove it, right?

But, that doesn't mean there isn't a ton of things we can't learn from our younger generations. (Besides, I have on good authority that WE used to be the younger generation.)

10 things I have learned from my children:

  1. hearty praise is better than a pile of money.
  2. our mind can convince us that something (food, people, etc.) is poison if we let it.
  3. logic is a relative term.
  4. our prejudices and biases are learned, not inherited.
  5. some ingrained traits are called that for a reason.
  6. there is only one "first time' to see, do or experience something.
  7. success is also a relative term.
  8. anything that includes some fun is better than anything that doesn't.
  9. smiles and giggles are infectious.
  10. respect is a two way street.

So to Emily & Ethan....THANK YOU for the life lessons and for helping me be a better a man, a better step-dad and a better dad.


What has the younger generation taught you?


Tammy said...

I think there is too many to list, but the most important one of all is how to love unconditionally.

Michael M. said...

Right on Tammy! They're like dogs in that way too, just without the muddy footprints, er, wait. Nevermind... :)

Two Date Diva said...

What a great post! I don't have any kids of my own (yet!) but one thing I have learned from other peoples kids is that you can't hide the veggies you don't like under the plate because they will find them when you get up to leave.

Michael M. said...

Hey thanks Diva!

...that's why Tonya blends up the 'undesirables' (like brocolli) and mixes them into the more desirable canned spinach (oops, hopefully Emily isn't reading this). It's almost like having to deploy a battlefield strategy just to get good food into these kids sometimes. :)

Tismee2 said...

My eldest taught me that at this moment in time he isn't as sneaky as I was at his age!

My youngest has taught me that one shouldn't put stickers on laminate flooring under the sofa as they're a real bugger to get off after three weeks.

Oh and all the mushy stuff too.

Debbie Yost said...

AMEN! My kids are always teaching me something. Even my 3 year old! Maybe it's kindness or understanding, but it's a lesson we have sometimes missed or often forgotten.

"The Booga Wooga" said...

Hi Daddio,

I just wanted to drop by and say "thank you" for visiting my grandson's blog and leaving a comment. I always like to acknowledge our visitors.

Take care and come again sometime!

[for The Booga Wooga]

Dana said...

Puddles are meant to splash in even when you are 43 - shoes and socks dry every time!

Michael M. said...

Gail (tismee2): that your son knows you were sneakier than he is suggests that he is wise beyond his years. :)

And your youngest sounds like a wise scientist too...he couldn't conduct his 3 week sticker experiment if it was out in the open!!

Michael M. said...

Deb: ah, "kindness or understanding". That virtue alone almost makes it worth having more kids...just to increase the lesson. Your site is full of great stories about your kind and understanding kids (except today :) ) are a Top Momma fer sure...

Michael M. said...

Booga Wooga's Grammy: Thanks for stopping by...I'll have you know I was struck with a nap attack after seeing Booga Wooga taking a nap on the couch in your recent post. What a wonderfully honoring site for your grandson. He is a lucky duck.

Michael M. said...

Dana: You rock. What a great true message. I still remember playing in puddles as a kid after a rain. Yet I'll admit that puddles now - in our yard anyway - represent a West Nile mosquito breeding ground and I can't drain them fast enough. I'm such a square. Ethan will change that when he's older I bet....

Glad to see your site doing so well by the way...your traffic is really taking off! Great site and thought provoking content.