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The Day After (and the truth about noses)

Christmas was wonderful and now I'm ready for a long winters nap, healthy food, simplicity, and a return to my beloved routine. The pictures are here.

Here's a story that's not about Christmas at all. We've been trying to teach our four year old about telling the truth. About a month ago, Derek told him that his nose would grow long like Pinocchio's if he told lies. If only we had known then what problems this would cause. Poor Trent, he really believed Derek and no matter what we said, he was still scared of his nose growing long (he's also been checking out everyone else's nose). Not only is it hard for him to understand that Daddy was joking about the nose thing, but he doesn't really understand what a lie is either, so even if he says something and then realizes it's just not correct, he starts hiding his nose.

I have turned around often lately to find this little guy, eyes wide and teary, nose tucked into the top of his shirt, fingers feeling his nose to make sure it hasn't grown. Long nose fears have kept him awake at night and to top it off, he watched some show about a girl getting bit on the nose by a mosquito so he has also added that to his list of things to be afraid of. We told him there are no mosquitoes in Wenatchee this time of year so now, wherever we go, he asks if we're still in Wenatchee.

So Christmas morning, we received many gifts one of which was...the gift of Trent's peace of mind about this whole thing. He was getting dressed and talking again about the nose, and again, I told him it was a make believe story that wasn't real. This time, a light bulb came on and he excitedly ran down the stairs yelling "OH! We've got to tell Daddy the truth about noses!"

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Reader Comments (9)

THat is soooo cute! Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Merry Christmas! Your pics look great. I got an apron just like yours! I'm hoping just wearing it will help clean the house...

I've been reading, I just haven't been a very good commenter. Hoping now that Christmas and travel is over that I'll be better.

December 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGreenStyleMom

Cute story! I'm glad to hear that you had a good Christmas. We did also and are just relaxing today. Have a good day and I'll see you soon. Kellan

December 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKellan

Omigosh! What a moment!! LOLOL

I'm so glad the truth won out! LOLOL

December 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter~ Angi :)

Cute story!! Kids are so funny!

I have to tell you I have on my stove that yummy smelling pot of oranges, cloves, ginger and cinnamon stick you told us about awhile back. It smells sooooo yummy! Thanks for the good idea!!


Do you mind if I put the idea on my blog, I will give you credit?!

December 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterutmomof5

Awwwwww, sweet boy.
What a sensitive one at that. It's funny what kids take on isn't it?
I'm glad he's worked it all out with some help from the ones he loves...Xxx

December 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPoppy & Mei

Too funny! We had our own little resident Pinocchio a few years back, and were quite relieved when the habit was finally broken. Too bad we didn't think of sharing the Pinocchio story! :-)

December 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMary Grace

Oh how cute. I love how little kids believe everything. I wish we could too!

December 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

That is such a sweet story. Thanks for sharing!

December 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTara

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