"I Didn't Do It"
Bonnie bought Obi a red t-shirt that has in simple white letters on it, "I didn't do it." One day Tirzah was crying. When I went to check on her, I found that Obi had bitten her. She had a nasty red mark on her back. I called Obi to me, and I showed him the bite marks.
He defensively said, "NO, I didn't."
I asked him, "Who did?"
He replied quickly, "Zeke did."
About that time, Zeke happened to walk into the room. So I casually asked in front of Obi, "Zeke, did you bite Tirzah?"
Zeke said, "No."
Obi quickly shouted, "Well, I didn't either!"
I decided to let it drop for a few minutes. Obi obviously needed a little privacy and time to think about it. Soon I was able to distract him and we had some minutes alone. I began to talk to him gently about "telling what is." I said, "I'm sure you are sad that Tirzah has an owie."
Trying to distract me, Obi pointed to the words on my shirt and interrupted me, "What does this say? Does it say, 'I didn't bite Tirzah?'"
"I Shared With You"
Mitch had a bag of M&M's in his hand. Obi had a banana. He walked up to Mitch, broke off a piece of his banana, and extended his hand toward Mitch saying, "Do you want some?"
Mitch said, "Sure," and took the banana and ate it.
Obi then held his hand out and said, "I shared with you..." while keeping a steady eye on Mitch's M&M's.
Mitch has been watching street magic on youtube lately. He has been practicing his slight-of-hand and showing off around the kids. It's cute to hear some of the stories of his 3rd graders trying to repeat tricks. Mitch took his last M&M (from the story above) and was making it "disappear." Meanwhile, Obi was still working with a piece of banana. He started getting silly. The banana slipped from Obi's hand, bounced off his foot, and rolled underneath the stove. Looking right then left, Obi didn't see the banana anywhere. He threw up his empty hands, arched backwards sticking his tummy out, and shouted a triumphant, "Ta-da!"