Today is my mom’s thirty-ninth birthday. In honor of her birthday and motherhood, I thought I’d share how parallel our universes run.
You know those things your mom said to you that you swore you’d never say to your children? I pretty much say them all….and I haven’t even hit the teen years yet. Here are just a few:
In or out!
You will get in trouble, but you will get into more trouble if you lie about it. (Kind of like the Driving Miss Daisy shenanigans I tried to pull. Blast.)
You can wipe your own. (Oh wait, is that not so common?)
No snacks. We’re about to have dinner.
Did you flush?
You are not allowed to roll your eyes. (Note: My parents only saw me roll my eyes once. Once.)
When I tell you something, do not respond with “I know.” Just say, “Yes ma’am.”
The latter is my recent struggle with my 5 ½ year old who remarkably already knows how to golf, play guitar, and do calculus.
Things my mother didn’t say – but an idea of what goes on in our sweet home:
Do not pee on the dog.
Do not pee in John Henry’s suitcase.
If you take off your clothes, leave on your underwear.
Anna, please stop telling strangers you have a surprise for them and following up by removing your shoe and saying “Stinky shoe!!!!”
Your turn. What did your mother say to you that you say to your little darlings? Or, what things have you said to your children you thought you’d never have to say?