Thursday, July 22, 2010

Calming sounds

My mom had her Dearsie Day with my 6-year-old nephew, Ben, this week. They had lots of fun hanging out, watching Scooby Doo, and spending lots of time playing dominoes - Chickenfoot, to be specific. My mom thought it would be fun to help him learn the game so that he could play with the adults when we play. The only problem is that, apparently, Ben is one heck of a Chickenfoot player and thoroughly schooled my mom and won game after game after game. We have decided that we should NOT let him play with the adults.

What? We're competitive people . . . don't judge us.

ANYWAY . . . while they were playing, Ben made some sort of noise, the source and cause of which has yet to be identified - my mom was only able to determine that it was some sort of bodily noise. That's when Ben and my mom had this conversation:

Mom: Ben, did you just toot? Or was that your tummy?
Ben: Well . . . [sigh] . . . I don't know.
Mom: You don't know?
Ben: No. [with a very serious air, explaining] It's just . . . it's something that I do when I have to go poo poo but I'm like playing a game or something and don't want to stop playing to go potty.
Mom: Okaaaaaay . . .
Ben: [sighs] It just calms me down.
Mom: Well . . . how 'bout you take a valium instead . . .

Maybe it's time to teach him about deep breathing or meditation . . .


Anonymous said...

Apparently this is catching on because someone was obviously calming himself down in the same aisle where I was shopping today. As I was skipping away I was thinking that he must be really calm right now!