Baby Boo is back with her mom and I am so worn out. One thing I realized is that times sure have changed since I had kids. Parents are way more cutthroat and competitive. For instance, I take Baby Boo to storytime at the library for kids her age. They sing songs, do crafts and listen to the teacher read stories. I noticed that first of all, most of the parents there only wanted their kids to sit next to another kid that appeared to be "smart". Little Heather Sue sat next to Baby Boo and instantly, her momma said, "Honey, why aren't you sitting next to your friends?" Heather Sue was 4 years old and could give a rat's you know what who she sat next to. Then, as the kids pointed out different colors, the parents were smug when their kid knew the right color before the other kids. It was like I had stepped into this, "My kid's smarter than your kid" clique. So, Baby Boo, being that she is not paper trained (toilet trained that is) and isn't use to socializing with kids her age, she was a tad slow on the colors and songs and even the dancing. She became the laughing stock of the parents who smirked at her for yelling, "Bwown" 20 seconds after the other kids. They laughed when instead of her doing hand movements, she cut the rug and danced instead. Okay, maybe they weren't laughing at her for not being smart, maybe they were jealous that their kid wasn't taught to let loose and have some fun. At craft time, once more, Baby Boo sat at a table where two parents literally moved their kids to other tables. One being a boy and the other who's mom said outright, "C'mon, let's sit by your friends." Baby Boo showed them. She smeared glue stick on her wreath like it was marker. Then, painted it with glue stick some more. I looked around to make sure the other parents weren't glancing our way and I quickly stuck the leaves on her wreath. She colored it with glue stick once again and then, declaring it "done", she did what she thought was the "right thing to do" and stuck it on her head. Of course, she walked around with pride, wearing her wreath as a hat. The teacher said, "Oh my! She's wearing a wreath on her head." I smiled and said, "Yes, she's very creative that way!" and I meant it. So, we walked hand in hand out of the library with her wearing her wreath inspired hat.
I've been given two wonderful awards from Menopausal New Mom. Her blog has become one of my favorites. I love her sense of humor and honesty and find that I relate often to what she shares. So thank you, MNM!
The first is the Lemonade Stand Award. In spite of circumstances beyond our controls, sometimes the best thing to do is make lemonade out of the lemons in life. So many bloggers I follow or enjoy reading have done that. I unfortunately don't follow the award rules so this award is for all of you because there is not a single one of you that hasn't been able to live through those lemon moments.
The next award is the Honest Scrap award. As a part of the rules, I am to award others for their honest and open blog wisdom. Once more, this award is yours! As a part of the rules, I have to list 10 honest things about me....
1) Boo has a few possible job opportunities in Utah so we may be relocating. I have no relatives or people that I know in Utah and it frightens me to think I'll be out there on our own (if it works out that way). Yet, I'm exhilarated by the possibilities too.
2) I am a book junkie and have way too many books that I have yet to read, yet I can't resist buying more at the used stores.
3) I treat my puppies like they are little people and hate when they appear to be sad or bored. I admit that I give them too many treats but they've suckered their way into my heart.
4) I'm considering going to school and getting my physician's assistant degree. I've always been fascinated with the medical field. Maybe this is MY time.
5) I'm torn between learning Swahili and Korean and Mandarin Chinese so I'm learning all three with Rosetta Stone.
6) When my sister and I were little we would create our own recipes. Lately, I've been craving a taco dog. (Hot dog in a fried taco shell with cheese and taco sauce.)
7) I'm very germphobic so I wipe down my shopping cart before touching it, wash my hands with germ cleaner when I get in the car and hold my breath when I walk past someone that has been coughing without putting their hands over their mouth.
8) I have won two cooking contests. Another big name company stole my recipe but didn't give me credit for it.
9) I have a collection of Little Rascals videos and watch them when I'm in need of a good laugh.
10) I had my four front teeth knocked out when I was 3 from hanging upside down from a bar and falling face first. I hated to smile showing my teeth and even now, I have to practice in the mirror before I do.
If you decide to grab either of the awards, please link back to me and let me know. I would love to read your honest musings.