You know, I'm talking about when you pick up the phone for two seconds to call your boss or a when you answer that return call from the doctors that you've been waiting on. Or when a client calls you and you answer, pretending your life is calm and composed when in real life all mayhem has just let loose. THEY KNOW. They know this is the time to do what they want and you won't do much to stop them other than the good ol parenting trick- the angry stink eye...
Yep- this is exactly what happened today. You see, we had a pipe burst about a week ago and this morning we had a contractor come over to give us an estimate. As soon as he came in the door, it was like music to Little L's ears... Off to the garage... off to get a lollipop. And... my favorite part- he comes in from the garage and declares to the contractor, "I peed. In the garage. On the floor. No, really, I peed on the floor." <insert large beaming grim> I about DIED. This child just knows.
Now before I actually did die, luckily, the nice, jovial contractor gave a hearty laugh and said he remembered when... you see, he had 4 kids and KNEW this sort of opportunity grabber. I decided to explain nicely (does that give me good mom points?) to Little L that this wasn't appropriate. But, after the whole ordeal, it got me thinking. Why does every kid do this and what does it teach us?
I'm thinking it comes down to opportunity and assessment. We learn quickly as toddlers how to navigate this sort of scenario. As we move through life we just figure out ways to make it look more discrete and polished. Recently, as I've been exploring a new business venture, I've been struggling with this sort of moment. Really seizing it and taking charge. Not tomorrow but today. So, today I am choosing to learn from my 4 year old.... Is that even allowed, lol!! Take the opportunity today because before you know it it'll be your mom, or in my situation, my "fears reminder" to prevent me from living today and seizing the moment! Be well, friends.