Thursday, October 15, 2009

At last she said something other than "I don't know!"

For many, many, many, many, MANY years, Queen Teen's favorite sentence has been, "I don't know." Ask her anything and she will almost instantly respond with, "I don't know." Do you want ice cream or a cookie? I don't know. Would you like to watch a movie or read a book? I don't know. Would like me to poke you with a sharp stick? I don't know.

She is capable of saying something else; I've heard her many times. If she really wants something she'll speak up in a loud, clear voice. She'll tell you her opinions, her ideas, her desires and what she doesn't like.

But usually, her response to any question or suggestion is "I don't know."

The other day, I reached the limit of my patience.

"Would you like a cheese quesadilla for lunch?" I asked.

"I don't know."

"Do you want something else?"

"I don't know."

"Are you hungry?"

"I don't know."

"I don't know! I don't know! Can you say anything other than I don't know?"

"I don't know." She shrugged.

"Fine! I guess when you're hungry you'll tell me what you want for lunch. Or I guess I can just cook you anything I want and you'll eat it because you don't care!"

We stared at each other for several moments, me with my arms crossed and she chewing on her bottom lip.

Then she said, "I'm not sure."

I burst out laughing.

She grinned.

I guess "I'm not sure" is more accurate than "I don't know."


Mother of Chaos said...

HA! That's our girl...

Princess Abigail said...

Thats so funny!

My Gran used to say "I don't mind" to everything.

"Fancy some lemonade Gran?"
I don't mind if I do.

"Fancy some haute cuisine Gran?"
I don't mind if I do.

"Caviar and Champagne Gran?"
I don't mind if I do.

Figures of speech ... guess we all have them eh???

Elizabeth said...

This reminds me of the childrens' story by Maurice Sendak about a boy named Pierre who only said, "I don't care." It's hilarious!