CONVERSATIONS WITH NICK ABOUT THE DONUT

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ME: Nick. (pause) Wake up buddy. (pause) Nick?

ALLISON: Come on, kiddo. Wake up.

ME: Should we just let him sleep?

ALLISON: We can’t.

ME: What time is it?

ALLISON: It’s only 4:30. If he sleeps now he’ll be up at midnight and then we won’t sleep.

ME: Nick. Come on, pal. You have to wake up. It’s gonna be dinner time soon.

ALLISON: He’s stirring.

ME: Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, wake uuuuuuuuuuuup.

ALLISON: Come on, Nick.

NICK: HHHHHHRRRRRRRMMMMMPHPHPHPHPH!

ME: Wake up, buddy.

NICK: MMMMMRRRRRRRRRRRR.

ALLISON: You gotta wake up, Nick.

NICK: I want to go to beeeeeeeeeeeeeeed.

ME: Come on, pal. Wake up and have dinner. Then you can have a bath and go to bed.

NICK: I DON’T WANT TO HAVE A BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATH! I DON’T! WANT! A! BATH! HRRRRMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

ALLISON: Nick, you have to take a quick bath.

NICK: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

ME: What do you want for dinner, buddy?

NICK: NOTHING!

ME: You have to have something.

NICK: I DON’T WANT ANYTHING! HUMPH! FINE!

ALLISON: We’re gonna have the baked ziti that you helped gramma make.

NICK: I DON’T WANT THAT!!!!

ME: What do you want?

NICK: PICKLES!

ALLISON: You can’t just have pickles.

NICK: Mom…mommy…listen… I want my donut for dinner.

ME: You can’t just have a donut for dinner.

ALLISON: After you have dinner you can have your donut for dessert.

NICK: NOOOOOOOOO! I WANT IT NOW!

ME: You can’t have a donut before dinner.

NICK: BUT I MISS IT! OH, DAD! I MISS MY DONUT SO MUCH!

ALLISON: You have to eat some ziti.

NICK: I just want to go to bed!

ME: Do you want a cheese sandwich?

NICK: I JUST WANT MY DONUT!

ALLISON: You can’t have a donut.

NICK: But I miss it!

ME: You can have it for dessert.

NICK: I want a pickle!

ME: I can put a pickle on your cheese sandwich.

NICK: I DON’T WANT A CHEESE SANDWICH!

ALLISON: He’s so tired.

NICK: NOOOOOOO! I’M! NOT! TIRED!

ME: I thought you wanted to go to bed.

NICK: I want to take a bath.

ALLISON: You have to eat dinner.

NICK: Can I have a pickle?

ME: You can have one on your sandwich.

NICK: No, I want a donut.

ALLISON: You can’t have a donut.

NICK: I want to go to bed!

ME: You have to eat dinner first.

NICK: I don’t want to take a bath!

ALLISON: You have to take a bath.

NICK: NOOOOOOOOOO!

ALLISON: Not yet. You have to eat dinner first.

NICK: I WANT MY DONUT!

ME: I thought you wanted a pickle.

NICK: I’M SO SLEEPY!

ALLISON: Let daddy make you a sandwich.

(pause)

NICK: Okay.

ME: A cheese sandwich.

NICK: Okay.

ME: With a pickle.

NICK: OKAY!

ALLISON: Why are you so upset?

NICK: I JUST WANT TO TAKE A BATH!

ME: Do you want to eat your cheese sandwich in the bathtub?

NICK: Uh-huh.

ME: Okay. Let’s go upstairs.

NICK: NO! I JUST WANT TO TAKE A FOOT BATH!

ME: Okay. I will take out the foot bath and you can soak your feet on the couch while I feed you a cheese sandwich with pickles on it. Is that okay?

NICK: Uh-huh.

ME: (to ALLISON) Is this okay with you?

ALLISON: Go for it.

NICK: I want the foot bath hot.

ME: Okay.

NICK: Really, really hot, dad.

ME: Okay.

NICK: And an extra pickle NOT on the sandwich.

ME: Okay. And then we take your real bath and go to bed.

NICK: Maybe I want to skip my bath.

ALLISON: You can’t skip your bath.

NICK: Can I have my pickle?

ME: Here.

(Twenty minutes later)

ME: How was the sandwich?

NICK: Good.

ALLISON: Ready for your bath?

NICK: Uh-huh.

ME: Okay. Let’s go upstairs.

ALLISON: Do you want your donut?

NICK: I’ll eat it in the morning.

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