This morning I had a very quiet kid in the car - the other two were yapping away but no sound from the girl child - even after I flung a question at her. When I glanced to her side she was totally caught up in a book she is reading - the same one I had to drag her away from last night when she could not get to the point of switching off her beside lamp. And just like that I saw myself as an eleven year old. In the same state - totally entranced by a book, in my mom's car on our way to school. My mom totally irritated by it. Even today I can get caught up in a book in absolute totality. I realized that what was irritating my mom so hugely about me at that age is possibly irritating me too. The apple certainly did not fall far from the tree.
|Mr C made these huge origami flowers from an iPad app - all on his own|
And so it is with more than the reading. I started thinking about the child I was and the children we are raising. I see it in Mr C when he gets some craft or art idea. Totally 100% me as a child - with still a bit left of that today. He has to do it now! He needs materials or ideas to substitute what a book or idea might suggest with something we have. Preferably now - or later today. I see it in Mr L that can be so stubborn that I almost want to strangle him. I can recall the stubborn child I was (and adult I am - although that is maybe a tad harder to admit).
While some of these traits are good ones and may stand them in good steed one day, we need to work on them and get the good bits out of the deal and maybe leave the bad bits behind. Today was just a bit of a revelation - a flash back and a peak into the girl I was in the daughter we have.
I would love to know what you recognize of yourself in your kids?