Whatever!

Individually, my boys are really good on car rides, but together…well, let’s just say there’s a reason their booster seats are as far away from one another as possible. Today we had errands to run in Regina and as we sat in the car at our first stop, they started.

Zackary mentioned something he saw outside. Benjamin yelled, “No!” at him; his current reaction when somebody is talking and he decides he wants to say something instead. I told Benjamin that if he wanted to speak, he had to wait until others were done speaking first.

That’s when it all went wrong. Zackary finished his comment about the crane across the street. He said something pleasant to his brother. And Benjamin sulkily replied with his toddler lisp, “Whatevah.”

Zackary countered. “Whatever.”

Benjamin: “Whatevah!”

Zackary: “Whatever!”

Benjamin: “WHATEVAH!”

Zackary: “WHATEVER!”

Benjamin: “NOOOOO!!!”

That’s when I cut in. “Boys! That’s enough from both of you! If you can’t talk nicely to one another you both need to be quiet!”

They slumped back in their seats for a few seconds and then…

Benjamin: “Whatevah.”

Zackary: “Whatever.”

Benjamin: “Whatevah!”

Zackary: “Whatever!”

Benjamin: “WHATEVAH!”

Zackary: “WHATEVER!”

Benjamin: “Whatevah.”

Zackary: “Whatever.”

And then they were both quiet. I held my breath in anticipation for a minute, and then let out a silent sigh of relief, enjoying the peace.

Benjamin: “Whatevah.”

Sigh.

Oh well, I suppose it could be worse. In a few years they could very well be doing the same thing with words that are a lot less appealing!

9 thoughts on “Whatever!”

  1. Margaret MacKenzie

    I love that you were anticipating more and it was just long enough to give you that false sense of “whew”, it’s over feeling. My children are so far apart in age that I don’t have to deal with this…just my toddler arguing with me. :)

  2. whatever,,,,lol just kidding! my boys have their moods in the van too but ‘whatever’ hasn’t been adopted yet. thank goodness, I know it’s coming!

    1. Bwa ha! Yes, “whatever” is one I sure could have done without. Honestly, I think it would be easier to have them doing the same thing with the word “fart” or “boob” because at least then they would be laughing instead of fighting! LOL

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