Monday, October 26, 2009

Seriously, is this really worth arguing over?

It's funny to me how something so trivial to us as adults can be SO important to children. Such as, proving that you're right, even if you're not.

Take, for instance, the following argument between Cole and Bella the other day while we were driving home from soccer practice.

They were watching Shrek 3 on the DVD player and it was the scene where the frog king dies....you know, where the Beatles song "Live and Let Die" is played.

So this is what I hear:

Cole: I like this song....(he starts singing) Liver Man Die...

Bella: That's not what they're saying in the song...

Cole: Yeah, it is...listen...see, they're saying Liver Man Die

Bella: No, they're saying Live and Then Die

Cole: No, they are NOT saying that. You just made it up to make me mad.

Bella: Nuh-uh...I don't care if you're mad because I know that I'M right. It's Live and Then Die.

Cole: No, I'm right and you KNOW I'm right.

Bella: There is NO such thing as a Liver Man. You just made that up because you don't know the real words. The real words are Live and Then Die.

Me: Uh, guys....you're BOTH wrong. It's a Beatles song and they're saying Live and Let Die.

Nothing but silence from them

Cole: Well, who asked YOU anyway?

Me: I'm just trying to help out...seriously, is this really worth arguing over? Aren't there other things we could discuss without having it blow up into a huge argument?

Bella: Yeah, we could talk about all the stuff I want for Christmas.

Cole: YEAH!!!

Me: You know what? Just go back to arguing about the song, okay?

And argue, they did...all the rest of the way home. "It's Liver Man Die"...."No, it's Live and Then Die". "I'm right, you're wrong"..."No, you're wrong and I'm right".

When we got home, I offered to download the entire song on iTunes and let them listen to it, while reading the lyrics online. They both looked at me in complete silence.

"What?" I asked.

Cole said, "I don't even care about the words anymore. I just want her to tell me that I'm right!!"

Bella countered back, "Why would I tell you that you're right when I'm the one who's right??"

Tim asked, "What's wrong with them? What are they arguing about?" and I said, "You know, I don't think they even care about what they were originally arguing over....now it's a debate about who's right and who's wrong".

And as God gazed down up on us from the Heavens, He laughed.....again.



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55 comments:

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Here is my encouraging message for you: this NEVER ends.
You're welcome.

MrsM said...

That's awesome. I can agree with DysFUNctional Mom though...it can't ever end. Even though we're adults and we really get along now my sister and I will still occasionally "debate" until one of us admits that we're wrong and the other is right. Though we sadly have no one to whine to about it-our husbands turn deaf ears. LOL!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Helene, i have to say that your children are adorable, that was a cute debate!!
Happy Monday!
hugs hugs

Buckeroomama said...

It IS cute how fiercely they want to be right. :) I don't mind my kids arguing as long as they don't each try to drag me into it...Tell her, Mommy! Tell her I'm right and she's wrong!

eight helping hands said...

That was funnny! And I believe all siblings forget what they were originally were fighting over, they just like to fight! Also, this tends to go on well into adulthood!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

This would make me crazy! How can they still think they are right even when you SHOWED them the words online? You are SO patient!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Are our kids related??

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Hee Hee! I love how you ended it - and GOD gazed down upon us from the Heaves... so true! God definitely has a sense of humor!

Mighty M said...

:-) Can't wait to experience these moments for myself!! Ha ha!

Amy said...

What a fun car ride. Your blog looks amazing...

Twins Squared said...

OMGosh! The number one thing mine argue over is songs!! What is it with that? Either it's over who's turn it is to sing (they will NOT sing together) or it's over the words. Too funny.

Heather said...

I love reading their conversations! They are always so entertaining!

Elle said...

We didn't ever have that problem growing up. To this day I'm always right and Stacy is always wrong :)!

FRANNIE said...

Laughing.

It is amazing that, '..one will fight to prove that what he does not know. Is so.' {The King and I}

Eva Gallant said...

That is so funny and sooo typical!

S Club Mama said...

maybe I should love this time when they can't argue even more lol :)

feefifoto said...

::whispering really quietly so as not to come across as a know-it-all::

Actually, it's by Paul McCartney, not the Beatles.

Corrie Howe said...

Funny when kids do this. Sad when adults do this.

Thanks for filing out my survey!!!

Creative Junkie said...

Honestly? This could be Nate and me.

Jenny said...

That sounds like my husband and I during the first 2 years of our marriage. I'm glad we finally learned to keep our mouths shut. We still think it - but we don't speak it like we use to. Small miracles. :)

Kristina P. said...

Just wait until they are teenagers! It will involve punching.

freckletree. said...

you mean other adults don't think it's important to be right??

no wonder i'm not a team player.

Nezzy said...

It sounds like it is just another recreational activity for them. I lived through this, get used to it honey it is the never-ending song. Just always, always keep your sense of humor. In this case laughter really is the best medicine.

Have a fantastically blessed Monday.

Carly said...

Liver man ... I love it now I will always think of liver man when I hear the song too funny

Sharlene said...

So this is what happens when they can start talking. Now all our fights consist of hitting and screaming.

Alicia said...

LOL...sounds like my kids!! Always drama! But, so fun, right?

yonca said...

That is so funny. I have only one child and he argues with me..hehe:) Have a great week!

Jenny said...

LOL! My sister used to say to me: "God knows I'm right!" That made me so mad! She wasn't right either! LOL!

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Song lyrics and titles have caused outright wars in every household. It's so funny though to hear what they THINK is being said!

Cute!

Jen said...

and I laughed too. :)

shortmama said...

its neverending...my hubs and I argue the same way lol

Samantha said...

I just had a flash back to about 15 years ago, arguing with my brother in the backseat of my Mom's mini van...good times :)

The Mother said...

My teens sound just like that. And they have lots more experience.

Annie said...

I just laugh with their discussion. So cute.

Have a nice week.

Lani said...

Yikes. maybe I CAN wait until my kids start talking more.:)

Karen said...

What's sad is that grown ups do it too!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

My children will debate the color of the sky. Liver Man, don't you love the words they come up with?

MommyAmy said...

Hee hee! I remember having that argument with my brother. He was usually right, and DAMN did that chap my hide! Still does, now that I think about it. lol

Brooke said...

as adults i think we sometimes do that too...want to argue with our spouse so badly that it doesn't matter what its about.

or maybe that's just me...

Kaleena said...

Lol! My kids will argue about anything. It's funny how they never seem to get tired of debating who's right and who's wrong and we, as parents, get tired of hearing it before the fighting even really gets started. God laughs at us ALOT.

Pam said...

This does not bode well for the teen years. Better invest in some ear plugs.

kys said...

I wear headphones frequently when my children are home. That helps. So does wine.

Stephanie Faris said...

SO cute. Don't we all remember when we did that as kids ourselves? It's the fun of having siblings...you get to torture your parents.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Um. What if you had that same argument with your hubby? What would that mean? I am a dork, huh??!!

blueviolet said...

God ain't the only one laughing. ;)

Twincerely,Olga said...

love it!! big smile here!!Great post!

Jennifer said...

Ahahahaaaa! Oh my gosh, I am so guilty of singing incorrect words to songs. For instance, remember in Pocahontas where she sings in the song "Just Around The River Bend", "Or do you still wait for me, Dream Giver"? Well, for the longest time I sang, "Or do you still wait for me, Green Gibber".

WHAT?! So I say, they're BOTH right! LOL!!! ;-)

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The Redhead Riter said...

It always does boil down to that...It did for me and my sister. ♥

Mrsbear said...

Bwahaha. Okay, I will forever sing that as Liver Man Die now.

I don't care what they argue about, as long as we don't have to discuss their Christmas lists. Ugh. Is it really the end of the year already?!

The Lane Family said...

This post could so be Aidan and I somedays. I love at the end when your son said I just want her to say I am right...so funny.

By the way I LOVE your new blog look it is AWESOME!!!

♥georgie♥ said...

lolololol...oh how I wish i could say 'this too shall pass' but can't I am dealing with my own set of battles as you know...
I needed the giggle today TY

KK said...

Yep, my brother and I had a similar pointless argument yesterday and we're in our 30s. God is certainly not done with me yet!

Frugal Vicki said...

Okay, but really, isn't it the same in or marriages as we fight over dinner, or who was supposed to take out the trash, or who changed the last dirty diaper. Same thing, different age, lol

Anonymous said...

I shall simply keep silent better

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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