Dear Mr. Man…

April 9, 2009

Fatherhood Friday: “I Don’t Know”

Filed under: Fatherhood Fridays,Uncategorized — P. J. Easter @ 10:07 pm
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One Saturday morning (you pick which one), when Adi and I are sleeping in, I hear a ruckus downstairs in the great room. As I rush downstairs to see what’s going on, I hear J.C. yelling at the top of his lungs, “Get up! I was there first!” Now Adi is coming behind me as Bae screams back, “Let me go! Now!” fatherhood-friday1

“What is going on?” I asked (okay, technically I did ask a question. That’s not how it came across, I’m sure. To the kids, it probably sounded more like a roar).

The Boy and Bae start to speak simultaneously, creating a foreign language to this day I cannot decipher without saying the magic phrase:
“STOP IT! One at a time! Bae, tell me what’s going on.”
Bae begins to tell her version as The Boy objects to the way she’s telling it and a verbal duel ensues. I say the magic phrase again and begin my investigation.

ME: “Bae, what happened?”

Bae: “J.C. is tryin’ to make me get up from this seat.”

J.C.: “I was there first!”

ME: “Is that true, Bae?”

Bae says sullenly, “Yes.”

ME: “So why did you take The Boy’s seat?”

And here it comes. The moment my kids temporarily lose all of their common sense…

Bae looks me in the eyes and says, “I don’t know…”

ME: “What do you mean you don’t know? You took his chair, didn’t you?”

Bae: “Yes.”

Me: “You were present when this happened, right?”

Bae: “Yes.”

Me: “So, again, sweetie, tell me why did you take J.C.’s seat?”

Bae: “I don’t know.”

This is where I have the Charlie Brown moment. You know the one when Lucy pulls the football he’s trying to kick from under his feet? AUUUGGGHHH!!!!!

Adi just smiles because she knows I’m getting a taste of what she gets all of the time.

Mr. Man


  1. That sounds waaay too familiar

    Comment by Jason — April 10, 2009 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  2. “I Don’t Know”
    One of the all time classic non answers of answers.

    Comment by MileHighDad — April 10, 2009 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  3. LMAO…sounds like me and my brother, no doubts! Kudos!

    Comment by BellaDaddy — April 10, 2009 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  4. Bill Cosby had it right didn’t he.

    Comment by Otter Thomas — April 10, 2009 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  5. a lot of adults tend to use the ‘i don’t know’ card, too lol

    Comment by ciara — April 10, 2009 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  6. I’m hoping that my kids grow out of this affliction before I die.

    Comment by weaselmomma — April 11, 2009 @ 5:39 am | Reply

  7. Bill Cosby’s “Himself” is one of our all-time faves in this house. We even have it…on VHS! LOL

    “I don’t know” happens in every house, I think! 🙂

    Comment by Melisa — April 11, 2009 @ 6:18 am | Reply

  8. Oh Dear! My laugh muscles are hurting. “I don’t know”, “stop touching me” Yeah, and the curse is on me, too. Deng Bill, you were right on the ball!

    Comment by homegrownart — April 12, 2009 @ 7:08 am | Reply

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