Scenario: I worked on a Saturday from 8-630 PM (in addition to my 40+ hour work week). Picked up the kid from Nana and Grandpa’s house…
Me: Let’s go home and relax. I’m tired!
K: Me too.
Me: Um you played at the park and in the Wii and with your DS.
K: Yeah and that’s hard work. A lot harder than just sitting at a computer all day.
*Clearly I do nothing by sit at a computer all day! Geesh! The life of a 6 year old.
*Scenario: Getting ready for school on a Monday after having the week off for spring break.
Me: So, what kind of day are you going to have?
K: A “good day green” day!
Me: Yes! I believe in you! I know you can do it.
K: I know I can too!
Me: To get “good day green” what do you need to do?
K: Listen and obey. Sit in my seat. No lollygagging in the bathroom. No talking about privates. No farting. Doing my own work!
Me: That’s correct. There’s no hitting, no kicking, no fighting no biting, no pushing, no shoving. And what do we do with our hands?
K: We keep our hands, our eyes, our tongues, our knees, our elbow, to ourself!!!
Me: YES!!! What does Mr. Brian say about you?
K: That I am a leader.
Me: And being a leader means what?
K: Setting the example. Telling the truth no matter what. Being a good friend. Cleaning up after myself. Doing what’s right.
Me: Exactly. And I know you can be a great leader.
K: Mama, can I ask you something?
Me: Of course, you can always ask me anything.
K: Why would anyone want to be a leader—it’s a lot to remember. It’s a lot of pressure.
Me: It is a lot of pressure, but…
K: (cutting me off) Yeah, um, I don’t think I want to be a leader. It’s too important of a job and I don’t know if I can handle it.
*and walks out of the room!
** saying to myself, “and there you have it!*