Conversations with Max

I. To Start the Day

[Setting and backstory: It is morning. Max is cranky. He's sitting in the living room. Around 3 a.m., he'd come into his parents' bedroom and climbed into their bed. This happens every night, sometime between 3 and 6 a.m.]

Max: Why was I sleeping on the floor?

Father: When?

Max [cranky]: No, why??? Why was I sleeping on the floor?

Father: When? You weren't. You were in our bed.

Max [in a fury]: No, why???? Why was I sleeping on the floor??

Father and Mother together: When?

Mother [as Max begins to howl in misunderstood rage]: We need to know when you were sleeping on the floor to know why you were sleeping on the floor.

Max: WHYYYYYYYYY????? WHY was I sleeping on the floor last night!!!????!?

Father: You weren't. You were in our bed, and before that you were in--[cut off by furious "NOOOO! WHY???"]

Mother [guessing quickly]: Do you mean why were you on the floor in your room, before you came into our bed? Did you wake up on the floor, before you came into our room?

[Max nods as parents slump with relief.]

Mother: Maybe you slid off of your bed. So you woke up on the floor last night?

Max [cheerful now]: Yeah.

Father: Oh. Well, I guess that's why.

 

II. Dinnertime

Max [starting to eat his dinner of roasted chicken]: Mom, which of my friends doesn't like chicken?

Mother [putting chicken on the baby's plate]: What?

Max [spearing chicken with his fork]: Which of my friends doesn't like chicken, I said!

Mother [holds the platter; repeats question to be sure she has heard correctly]: Which of your friends doesn't like chicken?

Max [chewing a bite of chicken]: What?

Mother [repeating slowly]: Which of your friends doesn't like chicken?

Max: I don't know. Why are you asking?

 

 

 

Sometimes I wonder if he's trying to make me think I am crazy.

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Julia Magnusson

Blog: http://notlikeacat.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @notlikeacat

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