My son has been quite the corker lately.
Just last week he broke some sad news to me. As we drove to art class he asked me if we were drawing with chalk again (we just experimented with pastels in class). I told him no, and he was quiet for several seconds. Then he said, "Mom, when we go to Bible study all they give me to color with are crayons!" I wish you could hear him say it--the sadness with a tinge of disgust was almost too much for my self-control. (He really hates it when we laugh at the things he says.)
Tonight, however, was a different story. While eating dinner I was reminding him to keep his food over his plate, lest it end up on the floor. You know how kids are--he responded with a sly smile and "I've eaten things off this floor you know." This statement was very calculated and didn't phase me. "Really Mom, I have eaten off this floor." Silence. Then he leaned over conspiratorially and shared: "Once I even ate chips from under the couch cushions."
Oh, that was it. How could I keep a straight face?
Well, I couldn't.
I'm laughing as I share it now. The whole family sat stunned for about 20 seconds, then we all burst out laughing. I don't know how we didn't have a food/laughter disaster of large proportion. Luckily (for once) this reaction seemed to be exactly what he had hoped for. Returning to a state of normal eating etiquette was quite a challenge, but eventually we managed.
Aren't kids great? ;-)