Me: “Son, you’re in BIG trouble!”
Kaleb: “How big?”
Me: “Sister, you better get your room cleaned up fast!”
Kenzie: “How fast?”
My kids are literal thinkers. They take everything you say at face value.
But I speak in metaphors, analogies, and most often in hyperbole!
Me: “You two are driving me crazy!”
Me: “Kaleb, you are like a bull in a china cabinet!”
Me: “Kenzie, you better start minding or you will stay in your room forever!”
And, they just don’t get it.
Me: “You two don’t go out in the back yard. It’s too muddy to play out there after the rain!”
Kaleb: “How muddy?”
Kenzie: “How long?”
Then, when I answer their question with my own question, “You tell me?” they answer…literally!
Me: “Come and eat. It’s time for breakfast.”
Kaleb: “What time is it?”
Me: “You tell me?“
Oh no! Either I’m going to have to start speaking literally or they’re going to have to start understanding abstractly!
Kenzie: “Dad, I love you to the moon and back!”
Kaleb: “Dad, I love you to the sun and back!”
Me: “So, how much love is that?”
Kaleb: “A whole, whole lot!”
Well, I guess some abstract concepts even literal thinkers understand…