Humor Non-Fiction posted September 4, 2016

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Tom and John argue about colors.


by Thomas Bowling

When my son, John, was two-years-old, he was just learning his colors. I bought him a navy blue toy car.

I asked him what color it was. He already had a powder blue one and knew different colors couldn't have the same name.

"It's Dark," he said.

I said, "No, it's blue."

He looked at it carefully and said, "It's dark."

I said, "Blue."

He gave me a determined look and said sternly, "It's dark."

As he left the room I said to my wife, "That's one stubborn kid. You know he gets it from you."

She peeked at me over the top of her magazine, "I'm not the one arguing with a two-year-old."

An hour later he walked back into the living room and asked, "Where's my dark car?"

I said, "It's blue."

"No, it's dark," he corrected me.

He looked under the furniture and behind the couch. Every once in awhile, he would give me a look, as if to say, "I know you hid it."

"Do you want me to help you find your blue car?" I asked.

"It's dark."

We went round and round like this for several minutes. I figured that if I gave it an exotic sounding name, he would latch on to it.

I said, "Why don't we call it midnight blue?"

He examined the car, turning it over in his hand, looking for any sign of blue and said, "It's dark."

Thinking I knew what the problem was, I asked, "John, can you say midnight blue?"

"Yes, can you say dark?"

Parenthood: An indelible memory writing prompt entry
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Describe a memory, a lesson taught or learned, or a moment shared that will stay with both parent and child forever.

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