What are older sisters for?

Our two-year-old has discovered boogers. Thankfully, it took her longer than her older sisters, but I’m afraid the discovery has now been made.

But she just couldn’t figure out what to do with them. Once a booger was retrieved, she would walk around with it on her outstretched finger, saying, “Got a booger.” I usually took it off with a kleenex, and that was that. I was just happy she wasn’t eating them.

The other day, Matt and I were in the back making a big calendar for me for school, and the girls were playing in the other room. We could still hear them, and we heard the most interesting conversation take place between our 2-year-old and our 5-year-old (who, since becoming FIVE, feels that it is her job to guide her sisters into the full-fledge adulthood that she has now attained):

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2-year-old: Got a booger.

5-year-old: Sweetie, do you know what you’re supposed to do with boogers?

2-year-old: No. Got a booger.

5-year-old: Here. This is what you do with boogers. You get one out, and then. . .[here there was a pause in the conversation] . . . See? Isn’t that tasty?
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Now, the 5-year-old has been broken (for the most part) of eating boogers for a little bit now. But I guess she felt that since the 2-year-old had never yet experienced it, she needed to direct her in the way that all children must go. :)

Thank you, dear 5-year-old. :)

4 Responses

  1. Tara and Dan Stewart

    Classic!! I don’t know what it is about a nostril- it’s impossible to keep kids’ fingers out of em! I’ve seen all varieties of nose-picking after working with kids for years. It just becomes a part of life after a while! lol :)

    June 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm

  2. Tara and Dan Stewart

    Classic!! I don’t know what it is about a nostril- it’s impossible to keep kids’ fingers out of em! I’ve seen all varieties of nose-picking after working with kids for years. It just becomes a part of life after a while! lol :)

    June 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm

  3. kannie

    Oh, my WORD… that is HILARIOUS!!! :-)You know, though, I did see an article a while ago that suggested that, however gross it is, eating boogers may serve as kind of an immunization (immobilize, internalize, and destrooooooy the yuckies in that nice tummy acid!!!!!) for us. So there *could* be a sunny up-side, eh? ;-)But those “grown-up” kids are just too funny… and so helpful!!! ;-)

    June 7, 2008 at 8:28 pm

  4. kannie

    Oh, my WORD… that is HILARIOUS!!! :-)You know, though, I did see an article a while ago that suggested that, however gross it is, eating boogers may serve as kind of an immunization (immobilize, internalize, and destrooooooy the yuckies in that nice tummy acid!!!!!) for us. So there *could* be a sunny up-side, eh? ;-)But those “grown-up” kids are just too funny… and so helpful!!! ;-)

    June 7, 2008 at 8:28 pm

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