As I’ve been saying to a few friends recently there are some very strange moments in my life when I feel an odd sense of intense frustration mixed with delight. These are when my girl gives me sass. Why the mixture of feelings? Because when she does it it means she has a little bit more energy than usual and that’s a great thing.
I’ve just had the following exchange with her.
Daughter re enters the room to get glass of water and book from kitchen table. Had flounced out 2 minutes previously saying, “Really good mothering there, Mum!” She didn’t mean it nicely! This is obvious also from the fact that she came to get the glass of water herself instead of imperiously requesting it brought to her as she knows I’m desperate to keep her hydrated and will bring it myself frequently though not always. A major departure from how I would be parenting my preteen were she well!
I venture, ” So when you said ‘such and such’ what you meant was ‘such and such’ ” (Won’t go into details for the sake of her privacy.)
Daughter: “NO! Of course I didn’t mean THAT.” A bit more gentle questioning and finally an elaboration from her (convoluted) of what she really meant.
Me: ‘Oh, I see. I’m not sure how I was supposed to know that.’
Daughter: “Well you just….SHOULD have.” Departs again from room but this time hopefully understanding that maybe her expectations of my telepathic skills are just a little too high…..
Aaaah I love her and all her moods.