“So, basically, he’s an animal?”

“For now, yes, but he’ll advance quickly.”

“And then he’ll do more than eat, sleep, and poop?”


“Are you sure?”

“Yes.  Just wait and see, this time next month he’ll be making eye contact with you, and he’ll grow more aware of his surroundings, then we’ll be able to decipher the clues of what he needs when, and then he’ll be less of an animal and more of a little person.”

The mother and father gazed down upon their newborn with love and pride.  They had just been promoted to those lifelong roles moments before, and while the father was a little weary of the child’s lack of reason and understanding, he was every bit as excited as his wife.  They had brought this creature into the world together and they couldn’t wait to see how he turned out.

“So, it’s our job to turn him into a human.”



Word Count: 156

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ANIMAL (noun)

1  :  any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled organisms and often many of the single-celled ones (as protozoans) that typically differ from plants in having cells without cellulose walls, in lacking chlorophyll and the capacity for photosynthesis, in requiring more complex food materials (as proteins), in being organized to a greater degree of complexity, and in having the capacity for spontaneous movement and rapid motor responses to stimulation
2 a :  one of the lower animals as distinguished from human beings
:  mammal; broadly :  vertebrate
3  :  a human being considered chiefly as physical or nonrational; also :  this nature
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63 thoughts on “parenting

    • Well, I think there are so many fails because people aren’t willing to actually devote themselves to the task – the child can raise itself, right? Or, TV can do the job for me? Or, the sitter can? So many times the parents attempt to give over their responsibilities to someone or something else.

  1. it’s so true isn’t it, that they are just clay for us to mold. I am astounded DAILY at how I am the gateway to the way the world will get to know my sons. It’s a huge, amazing task. 🙂

    • Huge doesn’t even begin to cover it! Oh my. It’s daunting at times to think how much we need to teach them, how much they have to learn, and how far they have to travel…

      • Spot on. Every single day, I learn something new ..because they teach me. However, parenting is the best thing I’ve ever done..even when I’m doing it wrong.

      • I don’t think there is a “wrong,” really. Just different ways, and since every child is different, and every parent is different, you have to figure out what works for you.

  2. Hey, this is a novel take on the subject matter. If only people humanized their offsprings more consistently. But that’s presupposing most parents are humanized too. It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it? What would Maurice Sendak say?

    • Glad you enjoyed it! Some of my recent Trifecta responses have been darker, and I figured so many people would take this one to a dark place that I should do something different with it. Besides a little bit of silliness to start off the week is always a good thing.

    • Thank you. Sometimes I think I’ve got a handle on this whole parenting thing… that lasts for about two seconds and then everything changes. I know, I know… I’ll be dealing with that for the rest of my life – the plight of a parent.

  3. I like your humorous take on the prompt! Most of the time my sons seem more animal than human…but other times they seem to revert back to their animal instincts. (Just last night I looked over and saw my eleven-year-old eating his salad with his fingers. Gross!)

  4. Much good luck with that job! The one with no pay or promotion, and yet so many keep signing on… Boggles the mind.
    (But really, enjoy the journey!)

    • The pay stinks, and the hours are long, but apparently the perks are worth it. Got to hear my son giggle while I kicked a soccer ball around tonight… the giggle will hold me for a long time.

  5. One day, after hearing “Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad,Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, DadDad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad,Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, DadDad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad,Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad…” You’ll be wishing for the meatloaf stage 🙂

  6. Remember … making someone into a human is a great power, and with great power comes great responsibility…

    And, also remember that though it may be a joyful day when there are no more poopy diapers to deal with, it doesn’t necessarily get easier after that… you’ve got the whole teenage rebellion thing to look forward to.

    • Yes, the queen and I are very excited about the teenage rebellion stage – we’re thinking we’ll ship him off to boarding school in Belgium or something for that whole period. 😛

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