This year my tendency to get it done early came back to bite me. My husband was shopping with a couple kids for our family's secret Santa gift exchange and my oldest saw a book he has been pining for. He had enough money to buy it for himself but my husband (knowing I had it in store for him for Christmas), would not let him buy it. I am convinced more and more that the teenager stage is very similar to the terrible-two-tantrum stage, because the rest of the evening was just one big tantrum. When he figured out why he couldn't buy his book he got super mad at me (of course me!) for always buying things too early. I guess they should just call social services on me because I shop early. Shame on me.
I really felt bad that I had a son who would have this illogical/spoiled reaction. Telling me I ruin Christmas every year for him because I don't consider what he wants and give him enough time to come up with a wish list. I am half tempted to give him nottin' for Christmas 'cause he ain't been nottin' but bad. But part of me thinks that is just a revengeful thought. We were just going to get him luggage for college but that seemed a bit sad so he had a few other real gifts... but now? Not so sure... Oh how I wish I had a magic 8 ball telling me what to do.
Another puzzle lately is Big Girl. She just hasn't been herself lately. I don't know if it's the anticipation of the holidays stressing her out, or a girl at school who has been a bit of a bully, or her big brothers teasing her but she is an emotional mess. Maybe I am not so used to girls and their emotions. She did have a bit of shell shock last week when cutting off all her hair to donate. I thought that had worn off though. This morning she was so blue I started getting worried. The thought came to me while cleaning up the dishes that perhaps she just needs me to paint her nails with crackle nail polish. She has been asking for some. I have been meaning to get some. But what she's really in need of isn't the manicure, it's the time with me. It's my approval. I hate the kinds of TV shows she chooses (Sonny with a Chance, Wizard's of Waverly Place), and when I show my dislike for such shows claiming they are too mature for an 8 yr old she gets super offended. Like I don't like her or something. Should I give Sonny a chance? Or hold my ground here? Not sure...
|Before Big Cut|
|The look on her face says it all...|