I try to gather some sort of experience in every week that I maintain a vertical or semi-vertical postion as a diurnal animal...Most of the time I am desperately wishing that I could experience more of the back of my eyelids....but since that isn't happening...least not for the next few months...I can try to learn something in between then and now..besides it justifies all this existing I'm doing or something philisophical like that...
1) Girls' hair takes a lot longer to do. Sure Scherer...that's like saying "if you eat less you lose weight". So go ahead and slap a Happy Birthday Captain Obvious! button on my shirt...but I have been a girl for a very long time and my goal..(is and always has been)... to be in and out of the bathroom in less than thirty minutes...and I have hair that's longer now than it has been in quite a while..I dry/curl/rat/and bind in all within that time..this little girl though...has the most beautiful locks and they take forever...foooooorrrever to dry and brush and then pin...and so far I have yet to see any of the hard work make it to the end of the day...EVERY damn clip for the week is in the bottom of the bookbag by 215. Arg.
2) Sometimes trying to be the best parent by writing an Email to a teacher and saying "Hey my kid isn't acting like he has in school for the past 5 years can you give me some insight?" Ends up with the teacher forcing my kid to write down his feelings consequently making him weep out loud on Friday night because he felt GUILTY FOR BEING HONEST WITH HER....WTF lady? Can't you tell this kid has an unnatural sense of right and wrong and compassion...Nevermind I'll just pick up the pieces and use it as a teaching moment ...That if you want things to change .....sometimes being honest even when it stings a little is necessary...and hearing truth even when it stings a little is just as important... I will demonstrate/model this lesson when I speak with her on Monday. Double arg. Phhhpht.
3) This little girl seems to reject on principle any outfit that I choose that would look good on her...let's not forget the included and thinly veiled eye roll in there too. So pretty much florals, navy, grey, red, green, brown, tan, mint, black, cordouroy, anything with two legholes or armholes...well you get the picture. And BTW I am probably not telling you anything but it is waaaay to easy to drop a hundred bucks on clothes especially at a fancy high-end botique like Old Navy. Cute stuff out there.
4) Girls take a long time in the dressing room. Like 90 minutes...of sitting...on a foam cube..outside the dressing room (Because "I CAN DO IT MAMA")..while she figured out hangers..and patterns...the color wheel...theory of gravity.. Holy Hell what is going on in there??? (in my head mind you)...Boys on the other hand..still are overjoyed to spend their 90 minutes pulling their siblings clothes/ grabbing legs/ poking with hangers from under the adjacent dressing room causing screams, threats and general chaos etc...you get the point..yeah I can tell this part is going to be my favorite..insert my thinly veiled eyeroll here.
5) Some children will always figure out the system and will work the sh*t out of it.. So you're naturally torn between thinking that you have an inordinately clever child then congratulating them on said cleverness with wondering how to keep them on the side of good ("Come to the Dark Side Luke..") and out of a jumpsuit with spray painted initials on it..three of which are D.O and J. Alternately, when your child with the overactive intergrity gland sees this they feel betrayed. As an aside ..I did not congratulate..I applied appropriate consequences...but hey..secretly..it's in a small way impressive. This doesn't change in middle or high school.
6) Tweens are moody. Regardless of gender. Period. This changes soon right? Right? Oy.
7) There are alot of pronouns in daily life. Alot.
8) I may...MAY have channeled my granny and let one of my children drive around the empty parking lot..I won't tell you who may have gotten to drive but they can reach the pedals...now if I can get them to not use both feet in an automatic...:)
I am overwhelmed by the support...words of love...messages that we have gotten. And that I made the right decision kicking this old rust bucket blog back up again and taking it for a drive...I am so glad you're along for the ride.
Oh If you made it this far...the picture at the top? It's a Spindesk. You work and ride at the same time...Multitasking level: Expert. My mom has one she's deeply in love with. I think it's hilarious.