My son is like many other kids at this age. Sadly, it’s epidemic. I see kids everywhere doing it. It’s the age—I know. They touch ‘em. They rub ‘em. They even wiggle ‘em. It’s those darn loose teeth. And now, my little man has rubbed, massaged, and pulled on ‘em to pull them out! He is toothless! Well, only in the front on the top! My snaggle—I love him!!!
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!*