Thursday, May 22, 2008

Same Mom, Different Day

It has happened.

My daughter, at 8, finds me dull. Boring. Old hat.

On Monday, she had a softball game at 6:45pm that only her father or I could attend because of the lateness of it (The Conqueror goes to bed around 7pm); Daddy was tired from working 4 long days in a row and I needed a break from the little guy. So, it was decided that I would take her.

Her Highness? Was not happy. "Mommy's taking me?" Huge, overly dramatic sighs bookended this sentence, along with a defeated head bob. "But Mommy always goes!" More sighing and dramatics.

Well, this, of course, hurt my feelings a little. Logically, I know that she is going to choose her dad, who works long hours and isn't as available to join her in activities but still, what am I? Chopped liver?

Fast forward to this morning when discussion turned to Parent Interaction Day tomorrow at school. Daddy works and Grandma is planning to watch the little fella so I can go.

"Can Grandma take me?" Her Highness brightens up at this thought but Grandma would rather watch the little guy, I had already settled this. Frankly, Grandma didn't really want to go to the school but there was no way I was telling my kid this.

"Well, no, HH, Grandma is going to watch the boy so Mommy can come!" I said. I knew she really wanted her dad to go and Grandma would have been a distant second, but me? Heck, did I even register at this point?

"Ugh," she groaned. "You again?"

My daughter sure knows how to make a person feel good about herself....


Kristi said...

You can just remember that someday when she is grown and kids are talking about their parent's never coming to anything, your daughter will be the one to say "my mom was at every one of my games". I try to go to everything for the boys because my mom never attended anything growing up. I am sure the day will come when the boys will tell me to skedaddle, but most likely I won't...I want them to remember that mommy always came.

wright said...

I'm sure it's just a phase. She secretly still thinks you hung the moon!

MamaGeek said...

Oh how's THAT for gratitude?!?

I shamelessly admit to being quasi-bored/embarassed with my Mom at that age too. And now she's my best friend, so it IS a phase - but a painful one at that!

Dayum this mothering gig is tough, eh? :)

Mandy said...

And it begins.
My (almost) 7 year old is already starting that.
Ah, well. I'll just have to take what I can get from my 4 yo. :-)

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Phase! And, it ends after college. I'm with MG. My mom's my best friend.

Life As I Know It said...

My boys would usually much prefer Daddy to me. He much more fun - so they say.

Kellan said...

(Cute title!) I get this all the time from my twins - you aren't alone - it hurts my feelings too!!

Have a good evening - see you - Kellan