Thursday, April 22, 2010
The thing that gets me, is how I am so easily ‘sussed’. It’s become apparent since my kids started kinder and school and through the many and random chats with other parents at drop off and pick up. Many of these dialogues are fleeting – based purely on mutual recognition and a Hi there!. So why, WHY is it, that if, when chatting with another Mum, (whom I may barely know) and my two year old happens to throw a tantrum, or my eight year old expresses an impassioned opinion, or my six year old decides to climb the tree equivalent to a three storey height when I asked him to stop at two... why, OH WHY, is there, oh, so often, the wry smile and the good natured commentary from the other Mum...
She (he) takes after you then!
No matter that my behaviour has only been at its best, my manners impeccable, that I complimented the new hair-do or safely stuck to uncontroversial commentary over the weather. HOW DO THEY KNOW???
Of course it’s all true. The more, er, impassioned, er, determined, (ok, contrary, defiant), elements of my childrens’ personalities no doubt started with each of the initial gestational nine months hanging out with me, bonding and eavesdropping on my every move. Everything has come back to bite.
Not only am I already attempting high risk (for me) craft and tackling a crotch (I’m making a thing with legs: trousers!), but the bigger risk is that the effort involved could so easily be for nought. No matter that the fabric has been approved, the pattern adored and sourced from a promisingly titled Sewing Patterns Kids Love. Nup. If anything so much as feels sliiiightly wrong or the teensiest skewiff or is deemed NQR for any or many varied reasons, that’s it. All over, red rover, thank you for coming.
And then I’ll be holding a giveaway for size six trousers with extra length, because I breed my eight year olds small.
PS. Kate, I could not hold back on the Dortje trousers any longer, because I have the same book as you and you kept throwing up samples of funkiness all over the place.
PPS. In the interests of playing fair, (see! I am a good person), may I add, that reasons for potential Dortje trouser rejection are more likely to be based on pure comfort and not ‘look’ but the same ‘no discussion will be entered into’ terms and conditions will likely irritatingly apply.
PPPS. There’s bucketloads of stuff happening via and at Kirsty’s. No doubt you’ll be needing a vat of tea and a shipping container of dipping biscuits to see you through the phenomenon that is today’s My Creative Space.