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  1. Parenting is hard, episode 3,417

    The Boy (10): "Have you ever considered having another kid? Like giving me a brother?"

    Me: "Well, yeah, we thought about it. Why do you ask?"

    The Boy: "I’ve been thinking about that a lot today."

    Me: "Why have you been thinking about that a lot today?"

    The Boy: "Because it turns out that it’s illegal to own a boxing kangaroo."

  2. Hey! I recognize that from Schroeder. But I know it’s really Beethoven.

    —The Boy (who will be 7 at the end of the month) upon hearing the opening notes of Für Elise at a concert Friday night.

    Who says TV isn’t educational ;-?

    Random factoid: this the first piece of classical music that I ever knew the name of, which I learned from a TV commercial for one of those “Time Life Collections” where they had the names of the songs playing as the name scrolled past on the screen.

    I think I first heard it on Bugs Bunny.

    Listen: Last.fm

    Watch: YouTube

  3. Miscommunication: A Play in One Act

    • (Overheard) The Boy, to His Mother:
      THAT'S NOT FAIR!

    • Me:
      What's wrong?

    • The Boy:
      [His friend] won't get off [The Boy's] swing-set!

    • Me:
      Does the swing-set live at our house?

    • The Boy:
      Yes...

    • Me:
      Does he have a swing-set at his house?

    • The Boy:
      No...

    • Me, having clearly drawn Point A and Point B:
      So, you can play on your swing-set anytime, OK?

    • The Boy:
      OK

    • (Overheard) The Boy, to His Friend:
      My Dad said I can swing WHENEVER I WANT (with the tone of: SO GET OFF, BECAUSE I WANT TO SWING RIGHT NOW!)


  4. We're not those people... are we?

    • Me:
      Iron Man is showing at 12:30

    • Her:
      Cool, we could make that.

    • Me:
      Or 12, but I don't think we'd make that... first show is at 11:30, which we definitely wouldn't make

    • Her:
      We could if we took The Boy out of preschool early.

    • Both:
      (pause)

    • Me:
      Nah, let's just go to the 12:30

    • Her:
      OK

    • Me:
      But I like your thinking.