On Persistence

An actual conversation with my five-year old son:

“Can I have gum?”

“No.”

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“I have something to tell you. I really like gum.”

“Speaking of gum, can I have some?”

“No.”

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“When Mom gets home can I have gum?”

“No.”

When can I have gum?”

“I don’t know.”

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What time can I have gum?”

“I don’t know.”

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I really want some gum.”

“No.”

“Please?”

“No.”

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“I just want gum so badly.”

“No.”

“Awwwww…”

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“I think I’ll never have gum again.”

“Maybe if you keep asking about it you won’t.”

“I’ll stop asking.”

“Dad, I’ll stop asking about gum?”

“OK. Good.”

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“I stopped asking about it.”

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“Dad, I stopped asking about it.”

“But you’re still talking about it.”

“Awwwww…”

[time passes and he’s still standing there]

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“Whatcha thinking about?”

“I’m not gunna tell you…OK, I’m thinking about gum. That’s what I’m thinking about.”

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“Come here… Do you want some gum?”

[Hands him a piece of gum.]

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5 thoughts on “On Persistence”

  1. OH MY GOSH!!!!!! This is hilarious….I can’t stop laughing. Thanks for sharing this and making my day. Pax is amazing.

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  2. So funny and so much like what happens in our house. Thanks for painting a great word picture. OK, I’ll stop asking about it…. Dad, do you hear me not asking about gum anymore? Great stuff, Lee!

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