A lovely little word.
"Mommy, I'm hungry"
"What would you like for breakfast, my love"
" Umm...... scrambled eggs and peanut butter toast"
"Sorry honey, we're all out of eggs, but I'll get you some toast"
"Awwww..... I WANT EGGS"
"Well,.... we don't have eggs. please put that whiny voice away..."
Now, I must emphasise.... how much I LOATHE the whiny voice. Seriously..... I can handle a lot of things about parenting. Whining is NOT one of them. Tolerance ~ zero!!
But, (le sigh).... life is categorically unfair, and I have been blessed with a child who is able to add a pitch to her whiny voice that sends me over the edge. 0 - crazy in 3 seconds flat.
But, off I go to make the "peanut butter toast".
Whiny voice has ceased. Blood pressure .... normal.
Yesterday she liked the little triangles I made. I decide to repeat the fun.
So, I make the toast. I cut the toast in triangles. I am proud of the toast. I bring her the toast. She looks at the toast. Then, her face squishes up and ..... I brace myself.
I have seen this look before......
" Awww, I don't want the triangles like that. I'M NOT EATING IT!!!! .... HMMMPH"
Plate is flicked across the table (that's right..... flicked!..lord held me). Arms crossed in a huff.
I pause. Not eating it?
I ask myself...... "Did she just do that, over a slice of freakin' TOAST? " The voice said ...... "Yes Michele, she did." My child.... my darling, sweet, loving child is spoiled.
and so, I finally said: (in my best "mom"voice) EXACTLY what my mother said to me!!
(although, I did sound more like Tom Hanks shouting... "there's no crying in baseball" )
"C'mon.... there's no crying over toast....!!!!! Eat it, or don't eat it. But, you know what? ~ there are lots of little boys and girls in the world who don't have enough to eat."
"Fine then." she replies with the defiance of a teenager. " maybe you should just give it to THEM"