Mr. Literal

posted by Momo Fali on March 13, 2009

My husband has been working long hours at his new job, which means I have been doing just about everything with both kids in tow.

Last night I had a committee meeting at their school. While I was in the library, they were to sit across the hall in the music room and read or play some handheld games. They’ve done this a few times before, but for some reason my son was really restless last night.

After coming in and interrupting us over and over, I finally sat him down in the chair next to me, gave him a pen and told him to draw some pictures in my notebook.

After a few minutes, I looked down to see him happily sketching. He looked up at me and said, “It’s a picture of you.”

I nodded. Then to further keep him busy I whispered, “You could make my hair longer or write my name on my shirt”.

Which explains why I got home from my meeting to find my white, hoodie sweatshirt now has the word “Mom” written on the sleeve.


  • Moonshadow


    I must say, I saw that coming.

  • Ed


    Somehow, I can see my kids doing the same.

  • Natalie

    i hate to see what he has planned for your hair! you might want to sleep with one eye open for the next few nights just in case.

  • Single Parent Dad

    Following instructions to the letter, or letters in this case.

  • Jodi

    Oh.My.God! That is fantastic! LMAO! I, maybe cause I’m not quick like that, did NOT see that coming! Hahahahaha!

  • NukeDad

    Now, THERE’S a kid that can follow directions!

  • Ann in NJ

    Good thing you didn’t say to make your hair shorter…

  • Ashley

    Haha that is awesome

  • Bee and Rose

    Cute post! I bet you were laughing on the inside:)

  • Always Home and Uncool

    You SO asked for that.

    Is your kid a selective lawyer, too? Mine can recall 12-second conservations from three monthsago to prove his point, yet can’t remember to change his underwear and socks every day.

  • Lynn

    SUCH a classic story…you’ll be telling it at his wedding.

  • kaila

    Fun-nee! With him around, you will never run out of blog fodder.

  • Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;)

    I have a 12 yo that will do random literal things like that…on purpose now, I suppose! lol

  • Melissa

    LOL! I guess it’s a good thing that he didn’t decide to draw hair on the hood!

  • O My Blog!

    I am both laughing with you and at you! This was too funny!

  • Otter Thomas

    Too Funny. Your misfortune will serve as a reminder for me to watch what I say.

  • WeaselMomma

    I love that kid!

  • Xbox4NappyRash

    A genuine lol.

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    What a good listener for doing what I suggested!

    (I’m trying the ‘specific praise’ approach.)

  • AlisonH

    Good thing you didn’t tell him to make your hair *shorter*!

  • AlisonH

    Ah, I see I’m not the first with that thought…

  • Our Crooked Tree

    How did you get him to be such a good listener:)?

  • Kat


  • James

    Well, you asked for it.

  • DysFUNctional Mom

    I don’t know what’s funnier, the fact that he wrote on your shirt or the fact that he wrote “Mom” as your name. Love it!!

  • Heather

    Hairspray is supposed to be a good ink remover, or milk someone told me. ROFL

  • Rebecca Anne

    Hide the scissors!
    Don’t you love it when kids take life in the most literal sense.

  • Karen MEG

    Can’t say he doesn’t listen to his Mom; too funny!

  • Rhea

    That’s hilarious. Aren’t you thrilled to be labeled? You’re lucky that’s all he wrote…

  • Tenakim

    what a sweetie- does that mean extensions tonight?

  • jenX67

    that is hilarious.

  • Aunt Debbi/kurts mom

    You asked for it:)

  • Tara R.

    Well… yeah.

  • Chibi

    Oh, that’s awesome: I love it! πŸ™‚

  • Heather

    Regular vodka will take permanent marker & pen out of any clothing. Don't ask how I know that.

    I love that little guy! He can write on my shirts anytime! (As long as we have vodka πŸ˜‰ )

  • the planet of janet

    at least he’s listening!

  • Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    THAT – is awesome.

    How did he make you hair longer?

  • Marinka

    Great job!

  • Miss

    Well… you DID say… πŸ˜‰

  • meleah rebeccah

    No he didn’t! That’s classic!

  • 'cuz I'm the mommy, that's why!

    I love little literalists! Of course, I’ve been told I was one…

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