Friday, 25 June 2010

Would you like a poo sandwich?

When I was growing up, my Dad often said to me "Would you like a poo sandwich?". At the time, and for many years to come, I had no IDEA what he meant by this question. Why would I want a poo sandwich? Who eats poo sandwiches? I couldn't think of anything worse to eat.

Lately, I have come to understand the true meaning of this question.

Poo sandwiches represent the 'me too' factor found in many children with older siblings.

Child A is doing X and Child B pipes up, "Can I do it too?"

Child A is eating X and Child B pipes up, "Can I have some too?"

Child A is going to X and Child B pipes up, "Can I go too?"

You get the picture?

I was a serious "me too"-er as a child. I was Child C and I wanted what both Child A and Child B had. I was observant and nosey and I seemed to be able to keep tabs on everybody. Anything that was happening, I wanted to be in it.

I think it must have driven my parents crazy. So whenever I said "me too" {or something else that implied 'me too} my Dad would tempt me with a poo sandwich, something that was guaranteed not to create a 'me too' response.

I get it now.

I get it because I too have a 'me too' child.

Doo Dah wants to be in on everything. At the age of three he is right in the middle, between Nugget who is five and the twins who are 18 months old (today). He wants everything that Nugget wants AND anything the twins want. It is starting to drive me a bit crazy.

Don't you hate it when your kids turn out just like you and you have to acknowledge your own flaws? and the lessons your parents were trying to teach you all those years ago?

I find myself asking Doo Dah if he wants a poo sandwich a lot lately

Like me, he doesn't get it. But he will one day.


* Image from http://www.cackaloo.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/sandwich.jpg

25 comments:

Maxabella said...

Oh, Coo, this is such a great post. Yes, you drove mum and dad crazy and no you did not want a poo sandwich.

Cappers is my 'me'. She has no sense of humour about herself (exhibit A: me as a child) and she is such a little pleaser she cries at the first sign of parental disapproval (exhibit B: me as a child). She will probably also grow up to laugh at herself daily (yay!) and have a major authority issues (not yay!).

Holly Homemaker said...

Hahahaha oh dear, I think my little guy is going to be one of the me too'ers. He's 10 months and already wants abit of whatever his sister has. Good times!

Naomi said...

Yes I have a lot of 'me too' ers in my house. I now just make 7 of everything to solve the problem. I so love that sandwich picture!

Our Park Life said...

Mini Hoges is also 2, and loves to be in on anything and everything that his big brother Junior Hoges is up to, eating, drinking, wearing, playing etc.
Whilst it can be quite cute at times, it can be very annoying for Junior Hoges and trying for me as I attempt to manage both their frustrations with each other.
Nic

Laura said...

Love that sandwich! I was the youngest in my family (one older brother). I don't remember so much wanting what he had, but maybe I did.

Following now from Blog Flow!

TornadoTwos said...

This is a great idea! I think I have five 'me too' kids- they all seem to gather round whenever one is getting something and stand there like little birds asking where their's is, lol.
Following from BlogFlow.

Wanderlust said...

Both of my kids can get a bit me-tooish at times. They each want what the other is having. I suppose they'll grow out of it at some point. Funny, I saw you blog listed at blog flow and then on the newbie site at AMB, both this morning. AND, if I'm not mistaken, are you related to Maxabella? I think she's mentioned you in a post. Small world!

DangGina said...

So funny...I thought my best friend from high school made up the term Poo Sandwich...for a different reason. She worked with a guy with horrendous breath, and she said it smelled like he ate poo sandwiches for lunch. Heh heh...haven't thought of that in a while...

MultipleMum said...

Glad I am not the only one with a child suffering with 'me too' syndrome. Lovely to have all of you aboard. Welcome!

@DangGina - I have never beffore imagined what your breath would be like post poo sandwich consumption. A whole new world of hurt!

@Wanderlust - Yeah. She is my sister.

Jessica Anne said...

I have one too, drives me crazy. I think I'll have to start asking her if she wants a poo sandwich. She'll probably say yes.

MultipleMum said...

LOL Jessica Anne!

Hayley said...

Haha I will have to remember this for when my son is older, I fear I will be saying it a lot if he is anything like his mum :)

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I was just telling a friend that I finally realized - as an adult - what crocodile tears were. As a kid I thought they were really big tears (like if I was really upset). I now know my grandmother was on to my antics! :)

By the way, this picture pops up in your "You Might Also Like" at the bottom of your posts quite often. The picture always throws me for a loop!

Diminishing Lucy said...

Lexie is my "me too" child. Totally.

I have no idea why I missed this pearler of a post first time round: it's gold!

I am so using the "poo sandwich" phrase with Lexie - your Dad is a wise one!

xx

A Farmer's Wife said...

I see lots of myself in Farmboy. He is a bit dreamy and super sensitive. I feel bad for him as he will need to toughen up a bit. Odd now that as an adult I am much less sensitive about others opinions than most people. Maybe all that sensitivity was used up when I was small!!

Take care.

Naomi Hart said...

your dad is a rare gem in the parenting world. i have never heard of such excellent child-countering behaviour. whatch out Q i am now fully armed and ready...with poo!!!!!!!!!!!

Danger Boy said...

Fantastic. My dad's most famous quip occurred whenever I was griping about something that hurt. He'd ask "Want me to step on your foot so you forget about it?"

Being Me said...

Far out. I'm third of four. I'm still a 'mee toooo' feeling like I'm missing out. Workin' on it...... Would never, however, have wanted a poo sandwich. Smart man, your dad ;-)

Kamika said...

oh man I find myself saying and doing all sorts of things my mom did, that I never thought i would! And my babe is only 3 mos. LOL

therhythmmethod said...

We have a "What about me?" boy in our house. He wants everything everyone else has, and he wants it now. Drives everyone completely insane. Perhaps I should offer a poo sandwich?
And I agree, there is nothing more confronting than having kids and seeing your own flaws in them. But it's also made me accept those flaws, so I guess it's a good thing.
Great post.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

LOL - not sure why I didn't read this the first time around, but glad I saw it now!

Visiting from the Rewind.

Tat said...

<y kids do the 'me too' thing all the time, both of them! I might have to start offering poo sandwiches, too. (Me too!)

Photographer Mum said...

lol, Poo Sandwich. Mr 3 is a me too-er and I am almost certain that Mr 1 will be too. In fact, so is Miss 4, so that makes 3 for 3 here. I will have to keep the poo sandwich in mind. Great post!

Miss Pink said...

Haha I have never heard of this concept but I absolutely love it!

asampler said...

Oh, that's funny. And it is frustrating when your children inherit the traits you rather they hadn't, or you hear yourself coming back at you.

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