Conversations with the Little Man: The Negotiation

While in the car driving home after picking up the Little Man from school yesterday, the following conversation took place between the Little Man and Kelly:

Little Man: What are we having for dinner?

Kelly: Chicken and broccoli.

LM: No broccoli.

K: You need to eat broccoli if you want to have a treat after.

LM: Okay, but just one broccoli.

K: 3 pieces.

LM: 2 pieces.

K: Four pieces, or no treat.

LM: 2 pieces.

K: 4 pieces.

LM: Four pieces is too much.

K: You need to eat your broccoli if you want to have a treat after.

LM: How about three pieces?

K: Fine, you can eat 3 pieces of broccoli.

At this point there is a brief pause and I can see the Little Man in the rearview mirror furrow his brow.

LM: Hey, wait a minute, that was a bad decision.

And at this point, Kelly and I burst out laughing. The Little Man started laughing, too, despite the “bad decision.” And he ate his broccoli.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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