Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Deep thoughts

"My little sister can sleep in my bed," my daughter announced today in the tub.

"Well," I said, "Someday you and your sister can sleep in a bed together, but not right away because when she gets here, she will be too small to sleep in a bed and..."

"And I am too big to sleep in a crib," she said sadly, pushing out her lower lip and shaking her head.

"Yes. But your sister will get bigger, and be big enough to sleep in a bed before you know it."

"Okay, Mom."

"Maybe you want to talk about sharing a room first...we could put two beds in a room when your sister is a little bigger if you both want."

"Well, I would like that..."

"Okay, well, you will need to talk about it together..."

"She will do it because I want it..."

"Well, honey, it doesn't work that way," I said. "Ben doesn't always agree with Mommy even though he's younger."

"Because he's bigger than you?"

"He's his own person. Sometimes we agree, and sometimes we don't. But we still love each other and we get to share parents," I smiled.

"Lindsay and I will get to share parents!" she said sounding excited.

"Yep, that is very special. Even when she's bigger than you and tells you 'No'."

She looked thoughtful. "She won't tell me 'No'."

Well, really...how many points can you make in one conversation.

4 comments:

Delphi said...

This is certainly not unexpected. As a younger child I must say that being bossed around is just part of life. You get used it. And if you're smart you get taller. But there are lots of compensations.

Epiphany Alone said...

Well, I think it way depends on one's personality. James never did what anyone said - but then, he still doesn't. Love ya James :)

karen said...

Lars took the smart path and got bigger (much bigger) and when the time came for him to say no, he just sat on Ross.

Epiphany Alone said...

I feel Ross' pain. All 3 of my younger siblings are taller than me. My brothers are both well over 6 feet, and my sister is about 2 or 3 inches taller. I'm sure he'll learn other ways to get what he wants...