Prompt 10: We exert control over ourselves and others in many ways. Talk about a time when you lost that control. This can go beyond the obvious emotional control into things like willpower, tidiness, self-discipline, physical prowess – any time that you felt your autonomy slipping away.
Dan and I attended our first parent-teacher conference a couple of weeks ago at Kate’s preschool. Her teacher described her as “a ray of sunshine” and “a leader in the classroom.”
We weren’t sure who she was talking about.
When I relayed the teacher’s comments to my mom, she said, “Well, she’s certainly the leader at your house.”
With some of the stuff that comes out of Kate’s mouth, Dan and I look at each other, shake our heads, and chalk it up to Kate’s “natural leadership.”
A few of Kate’s recent control-taking comments:
Scenario 1: I observe Kate walk to the bathroom.
Mama: Kate, what’s going on, need help in here?
Kate, while shutting the door in my face: Mama, don’t come in here ’cause I’m busy.
Scenario 2: Night night time, Dan and I both in her room doing the bedtime routine.
Mama: Kate, I love you.
Kate, directed to Dan: I want Mama to leave.
Scenario 3: On the drive home from preschool
Mama: Kate, I missed you, how was your day?
Kate: DON’T TALK TO ME!
Other daily gems include: THAT’S WHAT I SAID! And: I’M BUSY! And, of course: THAT’S ENOUGH, BELLE!
Oh, my. Is she 2? Or is she 12?