“Like Father, Like Son!”
By Alan P. Scaglione
Ever know when you’ve been had?
You know what I’m talking about—when you know, no matter what you say, no matter what they’ve done, you’re gonna give in—they’re gonna get their way!
And yes, I meant to say “gonna” – it’s an endearing southern term.
We say it while we are tickling our kids!
“Gonna get you!” as the Jaws Hand comes down on their stomach and they yell and scream “No! No, Stop!”
All the while—laughing their heads off.
It’s all in that look—and they know—Tickle time is here!
Well, sometimes, it’s that “other” look that lets you AND everyone else watching know—you are about to be manipulated and charmed—
And you cannot do a thing to stop what’s about to happen-- you’ve been had!
POINTS2PONDER Why do we let some people “get away with murder” knowing they have us wrapped around their finger—all with “that” look!
I have to reveal something about myself that, until now, only my immediate family knows about me.
I hope you are not disappointed in me once you hear it—but, I am an honest person at all times, so… here goes!
I love to play with remote control cars!
Not the expensive ones—some people spend $500 on a RC car—nah, my habit is a cheap one.
I won’t spend more than $15 on a RC car—but I just love to play with my RCs.
And so do my grandkids—all of them!
Even my granddaughter MacieGirl—she loves it too!
But no one likes it better than my youngest—Jett!
He loves making them go backward—and forward—and backward, again and again!
Not sure he has figured out that he can make them go long stretches, all in forward motion—without backing up!
Maybe that comes later!
As my wife would say… here comes another “Jett” story—but, hey? He gives me good material!
So, we are playing with the RCs, one is an orange vintage 1969 Dodge Charger—my favorite car of all time!
And the other is—a lime green 1972 Ford Cobra—my OTHER favorite car of all time!
I have it set up so they are on the same frequency so one controller can move both cars!
Jett doesn’t understand that yet—he is amazed that the cars move at the same time—he keeps looking at the “other” car every time he moves his car!
That look in his eyes- sheer wonder—he must be thinking “How’d that happen?” every time!
Just makes me crack up laughing.
So…it comes time for Jett to leave…
He knows the drill—Nano’s toys stay at Nano’s house so… we can play with them NEXT time we come to Nano’s!
He knows the drill—but this time, he’s not buying it!
“I’m gonna take Nano’s cars home—right Nano?”
I look at Jett, my son looks at Jett; we look at each other.
And then Jett does it—
That Look!! If you’re a grandparent, you know THAT look!
And my son says, “Oh NO Nano—he’s pulled out the puppy dog eyes! Run!”
And there he is, one car under each arm, head tilted slightly to the right, eyes could not look sadder if he found out Thomas The Train was derailed in an accident!
And he just looks at me… and says one word.
Must have lasted 3 minutes as he said it.
And I look at him, and he’s looking at me…
And my son looks at his son, then looks at his father…and suddenly laughs out loud and says, “Oh my gosh—it’s actually working—He’s got you—you’ve been had!”
And I look at him and say “just like you used to!”
Needless to say—I’m now shopping for 2 new RCs!
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