Makes Me Sigh, Outsmarted

The Problem Solver

Learning to share is contrary to human nature and like all toddlers Sean has to learn how to do this. And it is taking some work. For both of us.

So when I was at the grocery store today, I picked up the Blue’s Clues book One for Me, One for You hoping that the idea of sharing would be more appealing to him if presented by a blue dog rather than by his perpetually squawking mother.

The book gets to the point quickly. On page two, Joe pitches the concept to Blue:

“Look! Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper have a cookie for me and Blue! How thoughtful! Hmmm. There are two of us and only one cookie. What do you think we should do?”

Sean all but rolls his eyes and asks, “Bake more cookies?”

Part of me appreciates his ability to problem solve and think outside the box and another part of me fears that he will grow up to be some sort of Einstein hoarding cookies in his underground laboratory.

Edited to add: Would it be too much to ask the editor’s of our children’s books to use proper English? I believe it should be ‘a cookie for Blue and me’ (not ‘me and Blue’).

27 thoughts on “The Problem Solver

  1. Hee hee. Sharing is a skill that takes a while to learn, but take heart – yesterday, my little guy (who is 4) was given his very favorite chocolate bar by his grandfather, and without being told to saved half for his big sister. Aw.

  2. Einstein hording cookies… too funny! I love when kids pop up with answer to questions that are ‘right’ but not what we are looking for. What can we do except umm and ahh say “good idea” while we try not to laugh out loud and regroup to get our point accross another way.

  3. My MIL absolutely could not stand that our kids watched Sesame Street, because Cookie Monster used such horrible grammer. She was convinced it would ruin them. Two of the three are English majors, teachers at that.

  4. You’re absolutely right, of course, about the “Blue and me” thing.

    I’m just relieved to know that there are a few people left in this world who don’t automatically assume that it should be “Blue and I.” 😉 (One of my huge pet peeves! And one of the reasons I like you so well — your GRAMMAR!)

  5. Hmmm. How come “Blue and me” but not the other way around? Two objects of the preposition “for” linked by a coordinating conjunction – seems to me they should be interchangeable.

    Of course “me and …” always sounds suspiciously juvenile, as if the next sentence will be “Me and Blue are going to eat all those cookies right up!”

  6. At the risk of sounding even more obnoxious, why is it not Blue and I? As much as I like to consider myself the mad grammarian, that’s one rule I always forget – when is it “and I” and when is it “and me”?

    And also? I think Mr. Sean will be a HUGE success in the business world someday. It’s all about thinking on your feet!

  7. Eva started preschool this week and, on our way to her first day, I was talking it up… about the coloring and the singing and the kids… and then I said, “but, you’re going to have to share”, and she actually GROANED!!

    Of course, we all know, sharing does kind of suck.

  8. You say what is correct when the “and Blue” part is left off such as “cookie for me” not “cookie for I”. That is how I can remember it.

  9. Maybe it’s a food thing. My husband will not share food, but he will be happy to get you your own, so he would definitely agree with Sean.

  10. For the Teacher Lady—
    Nominative pronouns= I, we, you, he, she it, they
    Objective pronouns = Me, us, you, him, her, it, them
    Object of a preposition = use objective pronouns
    The worst is when trying to decide between whoever and whomever, especially newscasters — who apparently never took any grammar classes in school.

    I think Sean is the smartest little preschool guy in the world! He has fallen from a very smart tree.

  11. Just wait. Soon, you will just be sitting down with a long-awaited, much-deserved, too-expensive-to-waste-on-children, just-for-you treat and Sean will come up and announce, “God likes it when we share!” And he will guilt-manipulate you into giving him some, and you will resent it. Good luck! (You can’t escape–I speak with the voice of experience on this one)

  12. I’m another antique mommy…kids born when I was 40 and 42. When my daughter was in the first grade, she came home with a big booklet the teacher had made up, wherein each child was to complete the following ungrammatical statement:

    “If I was president, I would…”

    AAARGH!! The teacher! Presumably a college graduate.

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