"Mom, how does the Tooth Fairy fly through the air?"
"How do YOU think?"
"I think moms do it."
"But how can a Mom be a Tooth Fairy?"
"Good moms are lots of things, Princess."

Monday, April 4, 2011

Who Made Spring Break an Annual Event?

It is three hours into spring break, and I have already officially lost it.

Princess is super-nice while Josh is here. Or when anyone is here. Or when she's somewhere else, but as soon as that door shuts...

Well. Not so much.

So the door shut this morning, and immediately Princess began yelling at her sisters about cleaning up their room. Then, when they started yelling at her, she wanted me to "tell them to stop yelling at her."

When I went up to check on said supposedly cleaned-up room (and whatever was making to sound of hyenas in heat fighting each other to the death), Princess was in their room threatening to hit them with a doll chair held over her head.

I sent her to her room. Mostly to calm down my now-triggered self. And was told to shut up.

She calmed quickly because there was a pile of laundry to put away on her bed. Who doesn't love a good pile of laundry? I wasn't angry anymore, but my cow, this stuff HURTS! and I wasn't quite done hurting. So going in was certainly a mistake, but I did anyway. I mentioned that I really did not appreciate that she could be plenty nice while Daddy was here, but turns mean to me as soon as he leave. And I suggested that she reflect on the fact that she spends faaaaaaaaaar more time with me, and perhaps said time would be more pleasant for both of us if she used some of that niceness on me. Except I may have actually said, "fake niceness," which of course was another mistake. Then I went downstairs.

Probably as a direct result of the fake niceness barb, Princess went a whole fifteen seconds before whining about how she couldn't finish her laundry because she didn't have enough hangers. Because there is no way in the world you can do anything with laundry if you don't have a hanger. Putting things in dressers is unthinkable. I told her that if she felt she had too much clothing (which she does. I'm a sucker), she could feel free to bring some to me for storage for someone younger. To which she complied.

By throwing them at me.

And in the course of the dialouge that came next, I broke out the sarcasm. A lot of sarcasm.

Is that mistake #3? I lost count.

She said don't talk to me anymore. I said gladly.

It was all very therapeutic and conference-speaker worthy, let me tell you.

The part I'm thrown by, is what she's been doing since then. She has been walking back and forth, around and around. Pacing is not unusual for her, but it's not pacing. She's trying to get my attention. Probably for resolution.

And I don't know what to do.
I guess I'll go give her a hug.

Only 108 more hours to go.


  1. chocolate, you need lots of chocolate and perhaps a stock in adult beverages to be consumed after the kids have their early bedtime tonight, you know the first night of spring break means everyone is bed 2 hours early.

  2. Oh, my gosh! That sounds so much like how things go at my house when I lose my ability to be therapeutic. She does that walking around, peeping at me thing, too. I'll ask her, "Is there anything you want to say?" and she always says no. So I just wait. She usually comes over and apologizes eventually. She does it in her own sweet time, though.

  3. Spring break sucks. Ours is done but we have a 5 day weekend coming in a couple of weeks. Education in this country- wow.