I was contentedly driving down the road when from the backseat Ivy asked a question about another car’s blinker. A lovely, educational conversation ensued about blinkers, how they work and why we use them. Then, as the topic was wrapping up, Ivy asked why it was still blinking after the car turned and kept driving.
I explained how blinkers usually turn themselves off after you turn or that you turn them off so you don’t confuse people and that even if it looked like it was still blinking as it went around the corner it was probably turned back off by now.
Ivy insisted she could see that the car still had it’s blinker on.
Now by this point we had driven close to a mile away from where we had seen the car with the blinker turn and that car was going in the opposite direction. The girl could not possibly still see the car much less check on it’s blinker status. This would also be the point where a smarter mother would have realized her daughter was just looking to disagree and let it slide. But my mothering skills are a work in progress so I foolishly pointed out that she didn’t know if the blinker on the car was still on because she couldn’t see it any more.
Wrong answer Mom.
Yes, she could still see it and it’s blinker was still on. Why was it STILL on?!
Slightly irritated my response contained facts about the impossibility of her seeing the other vehicle as well as the reasoning behind the high probability that the cars blinker was off.
My mothering needed much help that day.
“MOM, I CAN SEE IT! I’ve told you a million times, I have Santa eyes!”
Finally napping mothering skills kicked in and I realized that I had been goaded into a pointless, losing argument by my six year old.
The only way out would be sudden distraction or acquiescence.