The challenge of raising strong girls is that they often try out their opinions on their mothers.
Vivian is now six-years-old. By all accounts (or at least according to her teachers), she is turning out okay: kind, strong, and a leader. Most of the time, she composes heartfelt notes and detailed drawings. But there are other times when she tries to be funny.
I hope she was trying to be funny when she wrote this on our fridge calendar two days ago:
In addition to being saucy funny, she is also clever and opinionated, which means she can spot flaws in my logic faster than Justin Bieber can tweet.
Take this example. It’s after school, and Vivian meanders into the living room to inspect William’s latest invention: a Lego robot that cleans houses (I have yet to see it in action). I look over and see her wielding a cheese stick like a sword.
“Vivian,” I say, “get your cheese stick out of the living room.” She moseys over to the dining room, shredding her snack into a Weeping Willow.
I continue the task of unpacking their lunches, disposing of composting apple cores, and sorting out Tupperware containers and lids (a matching task that rivals sorting socks into pairs). Finally, I finish shoving the containers onto the dishwasher’s top rack. I boil water, miraculously remember to make tea while the water’s hot, and sit down on the coach, cup in hand.
I’m on my second attempt of Project-Tongue-Scald when Vivian sits beside me, dangling her feet.
“Mom, remember?” she says, looking over at me.
I run through the list of promises I might have made. Not surprisingly, my mind is blank. “Remember what?” I ask.
“No eating or drinking in the living room.”
I weigh my options: I could debate the fact that adults have different rules or I could just get off my tired butt.
“Thanks, honey,” I say, sarcasm sword unsheathed. I stand up, step on some Lego, and wander to the kitchen. I review the calendar on the fridge and see, for the second time, her note. In the big scheme of things, I find myself agreeing: “Who cares?”
It’s my 100th post! I’m not much for celebrations (as you likely know if you’ve read my posts on birthday parties, the 100th day of school, and our anniversary), but the lovely Lauren Davis, an independent stylist with Stella and Dot Jewelry, has offered two stunning pieces of jewelry to give away, delicate drop earrings and a sloane enamel bangle. All you have to do is leave a comment below and live in either Canada or the US. I will use a random number generator to select two winners on Monday, October 18. Thank you all for reading, and thank you, Lauren, for the gorgeous jewelry. Here’s to the next 100 posts!