Here's a sample of words I speak on a typical day:
- "No, you cannot wear your swim trunks to church."
- "No, you may not have a Mountain Dew right before bed."
- "No, you cannot shoot your brother in the face with Nerf darts."
- "No, he didn't think it was funny!"
- "No, your homework is not acceptable if you completed it in invisible ink."
- "Not even if you send your teacher that special pen/light to read the invisible ink."
- "No, its not OK to fart at the table."
- "No, we can't have a puppy because he will choke on all the Nerf darts and DIE!"
- "Oh... you'll pick up the Nerf darts? My experience says you won't"
- "No, I'm not going to buy you an iPhone!"
- "WHY? Because you are in the FOURTH GRADE!"
- "No, I didn't think that fart was awesome."
- "No, I'm not kidding."
- "No, it's not okay to buzz your brother's head with your drone."
- "No, because you still haven't picked up the Nerf darts"
- "No, You cannot have syrup on your Cap'n Crunch"
- "No, Ketchup is NOT a vegetable.
etc, etc etc....
I'm such a kill-joy!
Sometimes I hear myself and I think..."dang I'm glad she isn't MY mother". Being a bummer is exhausting. Sometimes I just want to be cool... fun... agreeable... definitely NOT a bummer. Sometimes I want to say "yes".
Yesterday was such a day. I was grocery shopping with Louie (4th grade) and I was in a "I just can't be this guy anymore... I want to be FUN!" kind of mood. So I didn't say "no"....not even once. Here's the result of that little experiment.
I just gave my family diabetes!
Apparently being the "bummer" is my role in this family. It must be done or we all die in a sugar coma. Sigh... In other news, I'm ready for Halloween!!! :)