This past Monday after my return from vacation (late Sunday evening)…. I phoned home about 3:30 in the afternoon, and was told by my younger daughter that she wanted me to come home “RIGHT NOW”. This is 6 year old speak for ‘I missed you a WHOLE lot, and I gettin’ tired of grandma bossing me around- you know, she’s not as much of a sucker for me as you are mommy’. Well, I had a seminar scheduled for 4 pm, and since I’m the coordinator of the seminar series, and I know the speaker- I couldn’t just punch the time card and check out right at that minute (those of you in academia are laughing your asses off right now because you know that there is no time card and you almost never leave your job when you leave the office). So- I asked the LittleA what my excuse should be to the speaker for not showing up … and out of her mouth like a shot came the words… ‘tell him you have strep throat and you have to go home RIGHT NOW.’
Great, I’m raising an adorable lying little delinquent.
Last night when I got home, the BigA was lying prostrate on the sofa, complaining loudly of dizzyness and coughing up a storm. I did the typical mom type comforting things- but it seemed to me that there was a little TOO much energy being expended on complaining. So… I said- BigA, do you have any homework tonight?? And, out of her mouth like a shot, came the words- I don’t think I can go to school tomorrow I feel so dizzy- and I have a major science project due tomorrow that I don’t know how to finish. I’m now 99% sure that she’s faking sick so as not to have to finish the science project. But- I decide to get the extra 1% assurance- so I asked her if she would like a treat- something we have had in our house fewer times than I can count on two hands in her 11 year lifetime- maybe she would like a Coke (the soda, obviously)? I have never seen that child move so fast, from the sofa – or anywhere else for that matter. Who knew- Coke cures all things.
Make that two little delinquents that need attention from their mom.