October 8, 2007

Raised Right

Yesterday. my son’s Sunday school class was given was sheet with ten hypothetical MORAL DILEMMAS that might well come up in the life of an elementary school kid. He was told to take this sheet home and discuss with family how they would handle it. They could Avoid, Embrace, or try to CHANGE the situation. SO, on the drive to PETS BACKWARDS R EXPENSIVE (pause to tip a hat to Dave Barry), to buy three kinds of kibble, Gerbil feed, mice chews and dog chews and feather-topped cat toys, Sam brought the sheet and we had the following talk in the car…

Sam: A friend comes over to play and he brings the exact toy you have been wanting. When he goes home, he accidentally leaves the toy at your house. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Maisy: I would—

Sam: CHANGE THE SITUATION! I would give the toy back.


Maisy: *in a sour little voice* Sam says that’s the right pick, so I would give the toy back, too. If you keep it, you are a FIEF.

Me: Yes, that ones seems pretty simple. You could also---

Masiy: But I would be very jealous.

Me: Well, it’s okay to feel jealous. It’s what you do that matters when---


*small shocked pause*

Me: OR you could do extra chores and earn money and buy it for yourself.

Maisy: No. My WEAL fwend would say *goes into a fakey little high pitched sugary voice* OH MAISY, YOU ARE SO NICE AND I LOVE YOU SO YOU CAN KEEP MY TOY.

Me: So if a friend liked YOUR favorite toy best, you would---

Sam: NEXT! You get a soda from the machine at church, but it goes CRAZY and gives you at least five dollars in change back. What do you do? Dad, you go first this time.

Scott: I would take my ill-gotten loot to the church office and turn it in and tell them so they could fix the machine.

Sam: Me too. But that’s a lot of money.

Maisy: Me too.

NOW HERE, you understand, I am thinking that since no one seems to want to listen to my PREACHING, I can teach by choosing the WRONG BAD PATH and letting my children explain to ME why it is wrong. SEE? SEE? ISN’T THAT SMART PARENTING???? WOULDN’T YOU THINK?


*small shocked pause*

Maisy: Mom. That is NOT RIGHT!

Me: Really?

Sam: Yes, Mom, it is wrong on two levels. First, that’s stealing, because it isn’t your money, and stealing is wrong.

Scott: What else did she do wrong?

Sam: Well, if you ARE going to take it, it’s wrong to look around all sneaky and then run. You should just walk away CASUALLY.

*face plant*
I need a third. These two, I have already wrecked.

Posted by joshilyn at October 8, 2007 6:53 AM

Ha ha haaa!!

Posted by: Brigitte at October 8, 2007 8:13 AM

I heart Sam and Maisy. They are scary-smart. :-)

Posted by: DebR at October 8, 2007 8:55 AM

Can I ride in your car? Your kids are a hoot.

Posted by: Lisa Milton at October 8, 2007 9:41 AM

Oh dear. Well, along with his advanced vocabulary and correctly aimed moral compass, it seems as though he also has a fair amount of common sense.

Posted by: Roxanne at October 8, 2007 9:54 AM

He's been reading too much detective fiction, I think. Hilarious!!

Also, I'm soooo glad to know that Bubba is not the only 4 year old out there who still says all of his "th"s like f's!!

Posted by: Madame Queen at October 8, 2007 10:13 AM

And as a Mom, don't we know our radar is on ESPECIALLY when those rascals are looking all CASUAL? :)

Posted by: Stephanie at October 8, 2007 10:23 AM

And as a Mom, don't we know our radar is on ESPECIALLY when sweet adorable rascals are looking all CASUAL? :)

Posted by: Stephanie at October 8, 2007 10:23 AM

You need a third?

Are you trying to tell us something?

Posted by: jean at October 8, 2007 10:33 AM

I am so proud of Sam.

Aunt Julie

Posted by: Julie at October 8, 2007 10:39 AM

I can see it on bookshelves now.....

"On the Road with Maisy and Sam: Lessons in Life and Morality from the Backseat"

I'd definitely buy that.

Posted by: Lisa at October 8, 2007 10:54 AM

I can see it on bookshelves now.....

"On the Road with Maisy and Sam: Lessons in Life and Morality from the Backseat"

I'd definitely buy that.

Posted by: Lisa at October 8, 2007 10:55 AM

Har har... that's funny! Kids are so dern smart!!

Posted by: Heather Cook at October 8, 2007 11:26 AM

Well, that's what the PETS are for. You can't wreck a pet, and do you know why? NO POCKETS. I'm convinced pockets are the root of all kid evil. But maybe I'm only saying that because today is laundry day.

Posted by: Badger at October 8, 2007 11:27 AM

As always delightful insights, morals, and humor from the back seat with Maisy and Sam. But honey face plants cause wrinkles.

Posted by: Cele at October 8, 2007 11:46 AM

Tell Maisy you are never going to speak to that soda machine again. That should keep her going for a little while.

Posted by: Mir at October 8, 2007 12:20 PM

I KNOW kids are way more expensive than pets, but conversations like these are what make me know I NEED them. No amount of puppies, gerbils, etc will ever crack me up this much. =)

Posted by: Daily Tragedies at October 8, 2007 12:25 PM

ROFL! How funny cause our coke machine at church actually DOES that. And I had teenager after teenager bringing me extra sodas and change. *snicker*

Posted by: Heather at October 8, 2007 2:28 PM

My husband & I are totally laughing!!! This is a GREAT Story!

Posted by: Pattie at October 8, 2007 4:26 PM

Ah! You made me snort!

It's not stealing if an electronic device gives it to you.

We had just this conversation with the resident 8-year old, about speeding. I said "some laws are morally wrong" and we got to have a whole conversation about Jim Crow! So, hey, I'll trade with you!

Posted by: dynagirl at October 8, 2007 6:02 PM

I read this at work sometimes (shh) and today I was falling out of my chair trying not to laugh. So I told my boss she had to come read it, too. And she was laughing so hard she couldn't even get on to me....

Posted by: erinanne at October 8, 2007 6:37 PM

It may not be "stealing", but it is wrong to keep something that does not belong to you. It appears we all need to read Sam's list of MORAL DILEMMAS and discuss. Change the toy to a diamond ring left by your kitchen sink, and change the coke machine to an ATM. Joshilyn, thanks for sharing. Your children are so lucky to have you and Scott.

Posted by: jean at October 8, 2007 6:45 PM

::Howling:: It's nice to know your kids got your smarts and your humor ;)

Posted by: Angel at October 8, 2007 10:29 PM

I have money in my pants RIGHT NOW!

Posted by: The Nefarious Uncle at October 9, 2007 1:34 AM

Ask Sam and Maisy this one: is it stealing if you're taking back something that belonged to you in the first place? My hubby's softball glove got stolen. About 4 years later I saw it at the park (very distinctive markings plus our NAME was still on it!!!) so I picked it up from where it lay on the ground and put it in my folding lawn chair and just walked away with it. Is that wrong? Ask Sam please.

Posted by: Rhonda at October 9, 2007 10:38 AM

Ahhh... there's nothing like wrestling with a moral dilemma, is there?

Posted by: Aimee at October 9, 2007 11:55 AM

I think the question was weighted. A CHURCH coke machine. What if it was, say, a Wal-Mart coke machine? That's the real test.

Your kids are smart! And cute. :)

Posted by: Laura Florand at October 9, 2007 3:20 PM

ROTFL funny. Your kids should write a book. ;)

Posted by: lila at October 9, 2007 8:23 PM

I am *COUGH HACK COUGHCOUGH* sick and laughing this hard makes me *COUGH* much worse so I may literally die laughing at this story. Which would be *COUGH HACK* totally worth it. ;)

Posted by: Amy-Go at October 9, 2007 9:31 PM

SCORE! Sam FTW!!!!!

Posted by: Angela at October 10, 2007 5:10 PM

When is Maisy going to write the sequel to "The Volcano"? She could apply some of these moral dilemmas to her next opus.

Posted by: The Rubber Duckie Society at October 11, 2007 9:12 AM