This is one of those mornings where I realize how far boy 1 has come!
We were having breakfast and boy 2 was a bit slow. Usually he is quite on time so I just wanted to let him know the time. Right away he answered: “I never go up till 6.50 so I don’t know why you are telling me this. You got it all wrong.” The ‘funny’ part is that he is not telling the truth but he just has to come against me, he just has to put up his hand in defense. We all know he is usually on time and goes upstairs at 6.45. He needs to keep me at a distance. It’s been like that again for a few weeks now. It’s the automatic response of: ‘Don’t come near me’, “I will keep you at arms length’, ‘I don’t trust you”, ‘This IS all too scary’.
And then I remembered boy 1. He used to do this all the time, all the time! Every answer was met with a No or Why? And every bit of help was rejected. But boy 1 is no longer like that. Life is calmer now. He can take a no. He can also take help. It’s quite amazing.
When Tim and I discussed it as the boys were off to school, Tim’s remark was: “Well, at least boy 2 is moving.” So I’ll take the positive note. We have not had this phase yet with boy 2. Let’s see how long it lasts.
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