Here’s a new edition of Did-I-Really-Say-That-Aloud?
William is watching an animal show on TV, learning more facts about aardvarks than any 7-year-old should know.
I am in the time-out chair reading a book. This is minute three of quiet time.
“Mom,” Vivian says. “I need some attention.”
“Seriously? I’ve spent all day with you.”
“Mom! I said I need some attention.”
“Can’t you just look in a mirror?” I ask.
“Seriously, Mom? I. Need. Some. Attention.”
“Okay,” I say, shutting my book gently. “Come here.”
“Hold that thought,” Vivian says. “I have to go to the bathroom.” She sock-sprints down the hallway.
Then she comes back, hops on my lap, and helps me type the conversation into the notes of my iPhone.