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  1. One day the kids will have moved out of the house, and he’ll miss all these interactions that he finds frustrating now.

  2. 3 is the only one I could see being right, actually…cereal seems to be from too high a shelf for Gracie…but, yeah, the three aimed at Baldo seem odd. (I suppose he could be asking of Baldo hid Gracie’s teddy bear.)

  3. In the “Family Circus”, the individual responsible for all such actions had a name: “Not Me!

  4. Not really knowing these peeps, I wondered at first if it was a dementia-type sad-but-humorous observational piece… he is the one putting and doing all those things but can’t remember. But then the last panel would have to read more like Him: “Someday, I’m going to miss all the did-yous” and Her (somewhat brutally): “Do you really think you will?”

    If that’s not the case, and I suppose it isn’t really, I can see that some other member of the family other than the specific accused might have done/put most of the other things and items, though I am not so sure about the clay. Why would even the small kid put clay in the dishwasher? But I suppose she is the culprit.

  5. @ narmitaj – Do you remember the TV ad with a toddler who fed oatmeal to a VHS-recorder? When his dad pressed “eject”, the machine barfed, and the little kid rocketed out of the room. Very funny, but real kids do make silly mistakes, and sometimes for surprisingly logical reasons. I won’t tattle on my own offspring, but I remember placing a metal cup over an exposed lightbulb, just to see how hot it would get. My mother was less than overjoyed with my “scientific” experiement, but managed to defuse it before a fire started.

  6. I got the same impression as narmitaj: The guy is doing this bizarre stuff himself, and forgets. Not sure why he thinks a teenager put a teddy bear in the fridge. But I guess that’s because I have no history with this comic.

  7. @ Kilby – no, I don’t remember that ad. And yes, I expect kids do various experimental things. My niece’s 3-yo and 1-yo are coming for a couple of days for my mother’s 92nd birthday this week, and I shall monitor them with interest!

    On a second line of attack… the dishwasher door should be too high/ hard to open for the toddler kid (unless it was left open). Which I guess is why the big kid was queried. But if neither of them did it for various reasons – Who Did?

  8. @ narmitaj – I’m not sure how old Gracie is supposed to be, but she’s is easily old enough to open any dishwasher. Even your niece’s 3-year-old would be able to swing the door down, unless it is latched. This was the reason we added a child safety latch to our reserve fridge in the basement: so that the kids would not be able to open it until they were old enough to understand that it must be closed afterwards.
    P.S. There’s an interesting transition that begins at age 5 or 6, and goes on to age 8 or 9. The “before” condition is “idiotic mistakes committed by accident”, whereas the “after” condition is “idiotic actions committed on purpose”. I’m not really sure which of the two is preferable.
    P.P.S. Thanks, B.A., I missed the title’s connection entirely.

  9. I also like the fact that in the last panel the woman makes sure that he won’t be without *any* “Did you”. That is so sweet of her.

  10. Kilby, Gracie’s age — and particularly her intelligence level — fluctuate according to the needs of the strip.

    Which annoys me to no end.

  11. Generally Gracie is shown as precocious and somewhat mature for her age. And usually more responsible than Baldo, who’s kind of a typical teen. He and Jeremy from Zits have a lot in common. Baldo and Gracie fight a fair amount. I grew up in a large family, and the idea of battling with ones that were eight years younger is kind of weird to me.

  12. “In the ‘Family Circus’, the individual responsible for all such actions had a name: ‘Not Me!'”

    Except when the culprit was “Ida Know”.

  13. Your dishwasher probably has a secret locking function, for instance holding down a particular button for ten seconds. Look in the owner’s manual.

  14. @ MiB – The problem with “child-proof” security features is that they frequently turn out to be “adult-proof” instead. Our dishwasher and washing machine both fall into this category, for different reasons.

  15. We have a knife cabinet that Robert made when we lived in an apartment. It stands on the floor at the end of counter and faces into the table area of the kitchen. We did not have children so we never made a lock for it.

    When my niece started spending one afternoon a week with us, even though she was never alone, we started putting a rubber band over the 2 handles of the doors so that it could not be opened. One time we forgot and the rubber band was hanging from one of the handles. We found her trying to put the rubber band onto the cabinet doors as it belonged there over the 2 handles. It never occurred to her to open the cabinet, only to put what belonged over the 2 handles over the handles (and this was before she was 5).

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