Tonight when I was getting Claire ready for bed, I was trying to hurry her along, as I tend to do. Claire does not like being hurried, and she often gets grumpy about it. “Dad! Just quit hurrying me!” But tonight she took a different tact. When I gently tapped her on the shoulder and said something like, “Claire, are you ready to brush your teeth?”, she just smiled ask said:
If you tap a birdhouse, it won’t go any faster.
After a few seconds, she added:
But if you spill it off the bench, it will fly!
Kit and I cracked up at this turn of phrase. The funny saying lightened up the mood a bit, but sadly, Claire did still have to brush her teeth.