There are two things as a parent that I don’t tolerate very well. Well actually there are many more than two, but in the interest of my short attention span, let’s just go with two for now.
The first thing is disobedience of the willful variety and the other is disrespect of any variety. There is just something about a smart-mouthed rude child that is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me and I must make it stop before my head explodes and boy what a mess of confetti that would be.
So far, Sean has been a pretty good boy in that regard, but as he approaches his fourth birthday, he is daily testing the boundaries, to see if they are the same as yesterday. And every day I am required to prove to him that indeed I have not given up, although about once a day it does cross my mind. Giving up and going out for happy hour instead.
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At any rate, now that Sean is potty trained – yes, that’s right, completely potty trained — we have been shopping for the bunk beds and the Corvette that I had promised him. So just recently we found ourselves at the local furniture store where there was an antique truck parked in the lobby. He asked if he could go look at it and I agreed. As he was standing on the running board and looking in the window, I called to him to turn around so I could take his picture. He is in the anti-picture taking phase and what I thought I heard him say was “Oh be quiet!”
So I marched over to the truck and gave him a swat on his itty bitty behind and said in my stern don’t-mess-with-me mommy voice, “What did you say to me?” And oh, the look of surprise on his face. And hurt. With big round blue eyes, tears puddling up to the brim, he whispered, “I said can we buy it.”
I got down on one knee and I hugged him and told him that I had made a terrible mistake and that I was very very VERY sorry. And then I asked him to please forgive me. He squeezed me tight around the neck and said, “That’s okay Mommy. I forgive you. You didn’t know what you were doing.”
Oh he has no idea how true that is.