Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tangible Advice

For the past few months, whenever I tuck Marshall in at night his last words to me as I walk out of his room have been, "Make sure the guys don't get me." If I don't acknowledge what he said he will yell it over and over until I stick my head in his room and say, "Okay, I'll make sure the guys don't get you." I think he overheard me retelling a time I had to wake Jesse up at night because he was having a bad dream that guys were chasing him and he couldn't get away. These guys don't seem to scare Marshall but it makes me feel bad that my little boy goes to sleep thinking someone is going to get him.

One night after saying bedtime prayers and getting him cozy for bed he gave me his standard make-sure-the-guys-don't-get-me response as I was leaving. I believe kids understand more than we give them credit for so I decided to give him some advice that I thought would help. I told him that there were no guys that were going to get him and whenever he gets scared he can always talk to Jesus and ask Him to help him not be afraid. Marshall listened very closely and then said, "And Viggo will rip the guy's arm off."

"Yes, Honey. Viggo will rip his arm off."

Sounds like Daddy beat me to it with advice that may be slightly more tangible for a two year old.

8 comments:

The Hancuff's said...

that cracks me up.

Stacey said...

LOVE IT! Great pic Christa. I think it's even better when I hear you tell the story in person...

Stefanie said...

Oh man...how cute is that! Too funny the words of wisdom from a mom and a dad!

Jenn Heatwole said...

Very Cute!

Fisher's said...

How Cute. We sure love Marshall. I can't believe the difference in little boys and girls. Valerie won't say good night and I love you when I tuck her in until AFTER I have left the room and shut the door because she likes to hear me yell it back down the hall.

Instead of don't let the guys get me she says every night without fail... "send daddy in." Even if daddy has already come in and kissed them good night or even if daddy is already in bed himself. But your right, it is surprising some of the things they catch us hearing. We can spell words with Valerie but it's a little harder to have an adult conversation with Savannah around. :)

Linds said...
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Linds said...

Too fun. I love both sets of advice, but you're right - one is definitely more abstract than the other.

ColbandSar said...

Love it! What are our best friends for if they can't rip off "the guys arms" and save the us! Nice one Marshall, or I guess nice one dad!