The following was a recent conversation between myself, our four-year-old daughter "Sissy," and the Mrs. 

Sissy is playing soccer for the first time this year.
SLAMDUNK: Hey Sissy, good coloring on the picture.  Who is that for?

SISSY: My soccer coach.

SLAMDUNK: But you have not even met him yet.  

SISSY: I am going to give it to him on the first day of practice.

SLAMDUNK: The season hasn't started yet and you are already showering the coach with gifts in an effort to persuade him for more playing time, eh?  I like that initiative.

Sissy stares at me blankly trying to decipher what I just said.  She quickly decides that it is unimportant, and goes back to coloring the picture.*

THE MRS.: (glaring at me) That must be how you "earned" your playing time for the letters in high school football--right boot-licker?

SLAMDUNK: perhaps if I had tried something other than crayon art, I might have started every game.     
*Note: My daughter's ability to ignore my comments is a coping strategy that I am sure she will be applying regularly during conversations with dad in the future. 


Matthew Rush said...

What a thoughtful daughter you have Slam! We have a problem with our daughter's team because her coach plays her almost the entire game every time - not because she's good - but because she's willing to play goalie. I don't mind it for part of the time, but she needs to run around too.

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joanny said...


It seems the young ones are a bit smarter then us adults,,,no. My sons thankfully now young adults, had -- I mean have such strategies with their mother, it must be a kid thing they tell each other about and it spreads rapidly among them like the common cold, now they have facebook.

cheers, you have many years left to go, but trust me it goes by fast.


Herding Cats said...

That's so cute! Why can't I have students like your daughter? I mean, so what if mine are 14 and jaded? I want pictures too!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

ROFL! Oil paints might have scored you higher points.

My daughter does the same thing. But then I tell her she can't give the individual her picture because it's on the back of an old draft of mine (which I was recycling). Yep, I'm paranoid the individual's going to read it and think I'm a sucky writer. *shakes head at own stupidity*

Diane said...

She's a girl with a plan, I like it!!! :O)

Audrey Allure said...

Haha, such a cute conversation!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Hope the coach likes it!!! No harm in some pretty pictures to try to sway the coach in who to start!

Bob G. said...

Just because she seems to "ignore" your comments, doesn't mean that YOUR "subliminal" ploy isn't working.


I mean that's what you PLANNED all along. Dad's are like that...LOL.

Have a great weekend!

Elena said...

Haha! Smart girl.

Clara said...

That was so sweet! And dont worry, all girls ignore their parents comments one time or the other!

PS: Again, she's so sweeeeeet!!!

brittac said...

got to love the way a 4 year old thinks

brittac said...

got to love the way a 4 year old thinks

Hilary said...

It sounds like she has that teenager thing down pat at a really early age.

SoccerMom said...

Damn a suck up at such an early age.

Yes, you will learn that later (oh, about 6th grade) little girls stop sharing with their daddys.

So you better get used to it. sorry man.

terri said...

Oh, yes. You have a daughter. Be prepared to be ignored over and over. Also, expect eye-rolls and lots of tears.

Amy Sullivan said...

Our now seven-year old played soccer when she was four. One of my all time favorite quotes from her was, "I love soccer. There are just so many things to do at practice while the other kids are playing".

Sigh. No MVP here folks.

The Babaylan said...

Shows the parallelism of our thoughts from the kids:) Awesome coping mechanism:)

Rachel Cotterill said...

Aww, that's cute :)

Lipstick said...

That is really funny! JBB colored a picture for the guy in Home Depot that always helps Mr. Lipstick.

It will be cute watching her play soccer...I think the pink shin guards are just adorable.

Jenny said...

I love the way you write. Great story.

Selma said...

Your children sound wonderful You are obviously a great Dad!!

ProudMilitaryMom said...

Wonderful! Ah for the good old days of having little ones- oops- nope once was enough! But my grandsons are now back in the States after their parents 4 year overseas deployment- so I can relive the fun without the responsibility or worries!
God Bless!

Isha Shiri said...

Hello Slam! Thanks for your visit, I was very happy.

May the G'd in 5771
"Kat'veinu besefer chayim tovim,
Inscribe us in the Book of Life
Avinu Malkeinu, chadesh aleynu,
Our father, our king, renew be upon us
Chadesh aleynu Shanah Tovah.
Renew be upon us a Good Year"

May your days be sweets like honey.

brownpaperbaggirl said...

Haha. That is certainly a skill that I learned early on with regards to my own father, too. Sure comes in handy!

WomanHonorThyself said...

lol she gunna outsmart u for a long time Slam! .have a wonderful Labor day weekend..relax and enjoy life!!:)

notesfromrumbleycottage said...

As a soccer mom, I am not sure this will work. However, include a case of the coach's favorite drink (Gatorade,Budweiser,Summer Shanty) with the picture and that might do it.

Momma Fargo said...

LOL. Very cute. Love that your daughter is already showing her true Slamdunk personality.

LisaF said...

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