Sometimes being a parent is not what you expect. OK, maybe more than some of the time – try like 85% of the time. As much as I complain about the tantrums, the flip-the-coin decisions, and the crazy behavior – there are moments in parenthood that continue to both surprise me and crack me up. It’s really true – kids say the darndest things. It’s like I have these two little comedians living in my house and I don’t know what to do with them. Lately, their personalities have been both amusing AND confusing:
1. L has the weirdest accent of all time. She’s somehow picked up a slight Boston accent, I’m guessing from my parents (not from me – I’ve lived in Florida long enough to say y’all), but then there’s some other kind of dialect in there too. For example: She wants to be a “mehrmaid” for Halloween (don’t worry, Jackie Jovi, she does not want to be Ariel, just a mermaid). I know that her accent now won’t necessarily follow her as she grows up (case in point — I DID have a Boston accent until middle school), so I can totally laugh at it now.
2. L sucked her thumb until recently. She went to the dentist in August for a regular checkup and I’m pretty sure she did magic or voodoo on her or something. Even though the dentist told us that it was fine if L continued to suck her thumb until her baby teeth started to fall out (which judging from B isn’t any time soon), L decided to just stop. Just on her own.
Do I have a really weird and determined child or what? I mean, here I was telling her to suck her thumb, and she’s telling me no. Umm OK. Why wasn’t potty training this easy?
3. So, I think L is secretly a fan of the Gators. Despite wearing the FSU gear with a smile, while we were at the game a few weeks ago, she just randomly started doing “the chop.” The guy in front of us did a triple take and then told her “Honey, you’re doing it wrong.” Also,When you ask her who her favorite team is, she says, “Uh, the Gators.” Complete deadpan. Just waiting on her to learn how to do the eye roll.
Who has corrupted my child?
4. At school, B’s class has a behavior chart where the goal is to get a blue (SUPER AWESOME!) or a green (STILL PRETTY AWESOME). All things considered, B is doing pretty good this year. He mostly gets greens. There was a week though where he came home with a few yellows (NOT SO AWESOME) and even an orange (BORDERLINE TROUBLE). When we asked him what his deal was (maybe not in that way, but pretty much) he told us, “I just can’t shut my mouth.” Man, it’s so hard not to laugh at that and well, you’ve gotta love his honesty. Gee, wonder where he gets it from?
5. B loves to tell people he is allergic to tomatoes. This adds a lot of confusion when we are eating out — especially when we are ordering pizza. I’m setting the story straight right now, he is not allergic tomatoes, nor does he hate them as he often claims. In fact, the kid loves tomatoes and I wish he would come to terms with it.
6. One of the cutest things he’s done lately is call “T-ball” “Pinball.” He gets really excited about “pinball” practice and his “pinball” games. At first, I thought he was playing a game on our iPad (and thought – wow, he really spends way too much time on that damn thing) and then I realized he was talking about baseball. It’s hard to correct him because it’s just so adorable.
It’s the cute things you want to capture forever. And maybe the weird things too.
What weirdo things did you do as a kid? Besides sleepwalking, I distinctly remember telling people (as in complete strangers) I could speak a foreign and then I would talk to them in some strange, fake language. I’m sure my parents have some stories they could tell…