The Slow-Cooked Sentence

Twenty-one answers in an afternoon

Rachael Conlin Levy
The Circus, 1870-1950 by TASCHEN
 The Circus, 1870-1950 by TASCHEN, courtesy of KReEsTaL.

Afternoons are hectic affairs, but yesterday it felt as if I were tossing bricks. In an effort to keep moving, keep managing, I started scribbling down the requests received between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

  1. Can I get on the computer to research my science project? Yes.
  2. What’s for dinner? I don’t know.
  3. Is a hexagon a quadrilateral with perpendicular sides? Hmm … what do you think?
  4. I want an egg. Mom, can you peel my egg? Sure.
  5. Can someone open the door? (Translated from cat scratch-ese.) Yes.
  6. Doe a square have perpendicular lines that intersect at right angles? Hmm … what do you think?
  7. I want some milk. Mom, are you getting me milk? Yes.
  8. Can you test me from one to 100 in French? Okay.
  9. Can Max and Sam play? After homework is finished.
  10. Which way is north? It doesn’t matter in order for you to solve the math problem.
  11. Is the distance between the park and the lake nine miles? What do you think?
  12. Where’s my milk? I’m waiting for you to bring me a cup.
  13. Can I check my Gmail? No.
  14. What’s for dinner? Frozen pancakes and scrambled eggs.
  15. My homework’s done, can I call Luke to see if he can play? Yes.
  16. Where’s his number? Look it up.
  17. Where’s my milk? I’m still waiting for the cup.
  18. Is this his number? Yes.
  19. Did you buy kitty litter? No. 
  20. Then how do I change the cat box? You don’t.
  21. Hi, I’m home. Kiss?

And after replying to that final question, I whispered, “Tag, you’re it.” Then I walked into the bedroom, closed the door and didn’t answer to anyone for a whole half hour.

5 responses to “Twenty-one answers in an afternoon”

  1. Andrea says:

    Whew…makes your head spin. I have a co-worker who, when her kids were young would refuse to respond to any kids' requests on Thursdays–that was dad's night on (ever notice how they'll be in the kitchen with dad and search all over the house for mom to ask if they can have something to eat??? Mine do that anyway).

  2. anno says:

    Oh boy, the arsenic hours… don't you think you deserve some especially wonderful chocolate for having put them to creative and gently humorous use? I do. Enjoy!

  3. a typical day in paradise!

  4. Rachael Levy says:

    Andrea, isn't it infuriating?! Mine do the very same thing.

    Anno, the arsenic hours … love it!

    Kyndale, 🙂 .

  5. boatx2 says:

    Number 14: What's for dinner? Frozen pancakes and scrambled eggs.

    I could feel burnout riiiiiight about there.

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