Saturday, September 15, 2007

Zachary's Paradox

It is very troubling when you are three years old and looking forward to seeing your uncles, who you are told will arrive "tomorrow." You may wait all evening patiently asking several times when they will come and be told every time "tomorrow." You might go to sleep happily knowing that tomorrow will be there when you wake up. But then, after breakfast when you are certain you have waited long enough you ask your mother,

"Is it tomorrow?"

Only to be told, "No, it is today. Tomorrow comes after you go to sleep and wake up again."

That's when you might break down and complain that if it is always today, and tomorrow is always the next day and if your uncles are coming "tomorrow", they will never come.

Perhaps this paradox is the reason that Zachary's uncles have changed their plans and rather than coming "tomorrow" like Zachary was told all day yesterday, they have decided to come "today."

11 comments:

jerseygirlmama said...

Zachary, I feel your pain! There is so much confusion in language. You are a very smart little boy! I hope that my little boy (due to be born this Friday) is as smart as funny as you and your brothers are!

Anonymous said...

HA! Funny 3 yr olds...what they understand is so .... simple.
Lets learn something from that little angel.

mopsy from lifenut said...

It confuses me too. If today is yesterday's tomorrow, yesterday was that day's today, tomorrow is really just a premature yesterday. I don't even want to think about next week.

Have fun with the uncles! Today.

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks, all.

jerseygirl, I will add you to my list of moms about to give birth that I have been praying for. God bless you!

Diane said...

Oh, how I love the mind of a three-year-old! I hope he has a fabulous time with those uncles whom he clearly adores. What a blessing.

Happy Weekend, Suzanne!

Beck said...

That IS pretty confusing, if you really think about it. Have a fun visit!

KC said...

LOL!!!

Kristen Laurence said...

Very perceptive. What a cutie.

Johane said...

Zachary has very considerate uncles... ;)

PS It's nice to see you again. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip, but rest assured, you were missed! :D

Red Cardigan said...

Well, as my mom always said in answer to those dilemmas, "Today's the tomorrow we talked about yesterday."

:)

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh thank you johane, you are very kind. It is nice to be missed.