How do you punctuate a tantrum?


Caleb had a temper tantrum this afternoon.

Actually, he had several.

Actually, most of his afternoon was spent in a state of upheaval, starting with being angry with his brother about the Wii game they were playing (wii: from the ancient Japanese word for “fratricide”). 

At some point, without any of us noticing, he scrawled a message for us on the seen-way-better-days wall-to-wall carpet that came with our apartment:  I heyt you.

Washable marker, but still. Pretty bad stuff. Of course, Husband and I didn’t notice it until after both boys were in their kennels–I mean, tucked in their beddy-byes asleep. We figure tomorrow we’ll do the “it hurts our feelings when you say these things, and you know better than to write on the rug,  etc etc” and other namby-pamby progressive parenting blather, and then ask him to help us scrub the carpet clean.

To add insult to injury, the kid misspelled the word “hate.” For crissake.

But at least he realized that you put a period at the end of a sentence.

Guess that fancy-ass gifted-and-talented kindergarten is good for something.

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5 Responses to How do you punctuate a tantrum?

  1. Shireen March 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    sorry to say that the “heyt” made me lol. How do you discipline and not bust a gut laughing at the same time?

  2. KSB March 28, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Caleb is pointing out the linguistic reality that English is NOT a phonetic language. 😉

  3. Dick Horwich March 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Don’t worry — he really lyovs you.

  4. a guy May 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    You’re making me cry! It’s just too funny, the combination of rage and precision.

  5. Marinka July 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    And excellent capitalization!

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