Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hoodwinked Again

Jack typically ends his bedtime books with the request of, "Rub me. With fingernails."

Last night I was too tired to do any kind of back scratching. So I told him, to much protesting by him, "Not tonight, buddy. I'm just too tired."

Here's how it went about 30 seconds later:

Jack: I have an itch on my back.
Me, beginning to scratch in the middle of his back: Where is it?
Jack: You have to scratch under my shirt or you won't get it.
Me, scratching under his shirt: Did I get it yet?
Jack: Up, up, up, left, left, left, down, down, down, right, right, right, up, up, up, left, left, left.

After two minutes, I finally realized that the kid had tricked me into giving him his rub with fingernails after all. See? Told you I was tired.


OhCaptain said...

Never underestimate the power of a back rub with fingernails or the cleverness of a child.

Anonymous said...

We have done the back scratch thing with our children since they were babies. But we knew we had a problem when the little ones would walk up to us while we were watching TV, sit down next to us then lift up the back of their shirt a little.

Jack is smart enough to trick you... our kids aren't there YET.

Loth said...

What a smart cookie! Imagine how outclassed you are going to be when he is a teenager!

MP said...


Tricky..and they use that until they are 6 feet under

Treasia Stepp said...

Sneaky aren't they? When mine were little they loved their tummies rubbed.

Momo Fali said...

He's a genius!!

Biddy said...

hahaha i used to do that too!

smart kid ;-)

Unknown said...

I hate when they do that!! :)

Smart boy you've got there!!

Bri said...

Too cute! Sneaky little booger! ;)

By the way, I think I teased my hair up into rock band hair once, but for the most part, I spent the late 80's, early 90's with little interest in how I looked, I think my mom was relieved if my clothes matched.

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Kathy said...

Yes, you got tricked. He certainly is smart!

Laski said...

Kids are so smart! They kill me, they really do!!!

This is actually a tactic my hubby uses all the time. I'm sure J will learn it in no time!

BUT, when I ask for a back scratch, I'm lucky to get one swipe. Ugh.