Monday, January 14th 2018
At Rise: A giant 7 year old little baby woman comes into mom’s bedroom all dressed for school, clutching a book. Something is off.
Mom: Are you okay honey?
BabyWoman: [Pauses. Then in her baby voice says] Physically? Yes. Emotionally? NO!
Mom: [stifling a chortle] What is it honey?
BabyWoman: How come EVERY time it’s my turn for Mad About Madeline it never happens? Not last night, not the night before, not the night before that!
Mom: Aw you’re bummed because we didn’t get to read last night. You’re RIGHT! Friday was the play, Saturday was the party, and last night I had to read my essays to Daddy. And you ESPECIALLY have a right to feel jipped because that was all for your brother’s application to school. But I do assure you when it’s your turn I’ll be doing the same for you.
BabyWoman: [Calms down, sits down.]
Mom: I think we should start reading again right away, like after school today.
BabyWoman: Great! Can I read this book to you right now?
Mom: Sure honey.
BabyWoman: [Begins to read Pounce the Pilgrim Cat out loud… all the way to the bus stop and the bus comes.] Bye Mamma! [Boards bus which heads off to school.]
Sometimes parenting involves the best problems ever. Sometimes they read to you. And sometimes your 7 y/o comes to you and says; “Physically? Yes. Emotionally? NO!”