Today as I drove the exhausted Noodle home from lunch with in-laws and friends, she has the nerve to start whining.
You have to understand that I don't believe any child who has a lollypop in their mouth has any right whining.
I explained to Noodle that I cannot understand her, and add the above statement.
There is a little pause.
Noodle very politely uses her best Not Whining voice, "Um, Excuse Me?... I want a blue one."
Although I went on to explain that, again, a) she's fine and b) even if she weren't fine, I do not have a blue lollypop, I relished the moment. The phrase, "Um, Excuse Me?" is pure Q, substantiating my theory that if I can drill manners into Kid 1, my chances of Kid 2 simply absorbing them is excellent.