Monday, October 11, 2010

Mini-Me

My husband and I often joke about how each kid has progressively gotten lighter in their features.  My oldest daughter has brown hair, brown eyes and always seems to be tan. She looks most like me.  My son has sandy blond hair, hazel eyes and is pretty fair.  He looks most like my husband.  My baby is a complete blondie with what appear to be dark green eyes and creamy fair skin.  We're not sure where this kid came from.

Our little doppelgangers resemble our personalities too which is sometimes a little startling.  It's really tough to be mad at yourself.  My big girl has been struggling with this the most lately.  She's getting older by the minute and even though I see her everyday it never ceases to amaze me how quickly it's all going by.  Saturday morning:

4:00am
"Mom?"
"What do you need?"
"Do you think you can sign me up for Girl Scouts?"
"Let's talk about it in the morning - when there's light out."
"Do you think you can do it before next week?"
"Honey, not right now."
"But WHY, mommy?"
"Because I'm tired and can't think yet.  Go back to bed."
(sigh) "Okay."

5:30am
"Mommy, I'm really sorry to wake you up again."
"What do you need?"
"It's just that the Girl Scouts are camping next week and I really want to go, but you have to sign me up."
"I told you we'd talk about it when there's light out."
"I really want to go..."
"Go back to bed."
(sigh) "Okay."

6:30am
"Mommy, I'm soooo sorry to bother you again, but I really need to know."
"The answer is NO."
"But WHYYYYYY?"
"Because you want an answer and you keep waking me up...I'm so tired.  Please let me sleep..."
"But--"
"You chose at the beginning of the year.  Sports or Girl Scouts.  Right now my "No" may not be forever, but if you don't go back to bed and right now, you will be without Girl Scouts for the rest of you LIFE."
"But--"
"--No.  Daylight."

To say she is persistent is an understatement.  I negotiate and deal all day at work and I'm not half bad at it.  She is my kid through and through.  Some might ask why I put up with it as long as I did all morning.  First, it was because she was polite.  I know this is not good enough for most people, but I appreciated the "kill 'em with kindness" approach. And second, it really is tough to see a mini-me in action.  

I have to believe these same qualities that are driving me crazy will be an attribute someday.  If who she is right now is any indication of who she will be as a grown up, then I feel like I've done my job raising a smart and sharp woman.  If I'm totally off on this, then please, let me live in my lie for just a little longer...

Happy Monday!





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