Kids Say the Funniest Things Slice of Life #5

This month I am joining Two Writing Teachers for the month long Slice of Life Story Challenge.  I will be joining other bloggers in writing a Slice of Life story each day in March.   I am cross posting with Margaret Simon from Reflections on the Teche for DigiLit Sunday.


Manners are kind of a big deal at our house, especially table manners.  

Eat with your mouth closed.
Put your napkin on your lap.
Use the napkin in your lap.
Don't talk with food in your mouth.
Ask for things to be passed instead of reaching across the table.
Wait for everyone to sit down before you start to eat.
Don't ask to be excused until everyone has finished.  

Today we took the girls out for pasta at our favorite Italian restaurant, Ann and Tony's.  It's a family owned place, with green checkered table cloths and white cloth napkins.  It's not super fancy, but it's still a nice place.  

I watched Destiny pick apart her pizza, literally.  First she ate all the cheese, little pinches at a time, licking her fingers between each pinch.  Sauce dripped off her fingers as we reminded her again and again to use her napkin.  Next, was the crust.  She nibbled at it until each piece was gone.  

In the middle of one of her pieces, she announced, quite emphatically, "Keith, you're not doing your job."

Surprised, he looked up.  "What?"

"You didn't tell me to stop chomping.  I am chomping," she replied.

I laughed out loud.  I was so busy watching her deconstruct her pizza that I hadn't even picked up on the chomping.  I guess she was  a little disappointed  that no one noticed.  

Keith looked at her and said, "Quit chomping Destiny."

"Ok," she quipped back and then went on to eat her pizza very quietly.  


  1. Love this! Kids learn so quickly!

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  2. Awesome! True learning. :-) And super cute.

  3. Table manners is a lost art when it comes to kids these days. Destiny sounds very strong willed and independent. Good for you instilling some good character.

  4. Hahahaha! How rich is that? I love your description of her pizza eating. I used to the do the same thing. My dad called it "pizza surgery" and he was a big time manners man himself. It's a life skill. Keep at it with them; you're good to all of us when you do! Great slice too. Made me laugh :)

  5. So funny! And yet such an important piece too. She really is learning to self-regulate. That's no easy task! Congratulations on a job well done, Keith and Julie!

  6. too cute, kids really do want our love and discipline. They need to know that we care enough to hold them to a high standard. Love how you described her eating.

  7. Great description, and great story. It's a moment you'll remember. And remembering may encourage you on another day.

  8. As I read this piece, I was wondering if you asked the kids to eat their pizza with a fork. My dad does this and it seems to take manners to the extreme. Pizza is a finger food!

  9. Do you remember the show, Kids Say the Darndest Things? This scenario reminds me of the show.

  10. I picture Destiny's impish face with brownie mix all over it-on her nose, knuckles, and chin. What a girl! Can't help but smile at her!

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