We spent the day yesterday at my friend’s house – she has a beautiful new home with the added bonus of a swimming pool. We spent the 4th of July there and had a great day swimming, and since Charlotte is a fish in the summer I thought yesterday would be the perfect day to swim there because of how absolutely gorgeous it was.
Except Charlotte started acting like a real Richard. She was whining SO much and I was losing my patience quickly. When she was in the pool she wanted to get out. She wanted her bathing suit off and wanted to go inside the house. “I be naked in the house!” was uttered many times. I was getting beyond frustrated because it was SO nice out and after the horrible heatwave we experienced last week I just wanted to enjoy some time outside. Things got so bad that I even called Eric to come pick her up because I was this close to chucking her over the fence to wait for the Q23 bus. But then she asked for some mac & cheese and I figured I’d give her one last chance. She ended up eating a huge bowl of macaroni, drank some lemonade and had some chips and she was a completely new person. My kid was hangry. You would think I would know the signs of being hangry because I experience them on a daily basis, but as we all know my child doesn’t eat so I never thought that would be the issue. But once she ate and I had a glass of wine and changed my attitude, the rest of the day was so much better. I realized that I have to change how I respond to her in situations too because I can lose my patience too quickly, and if I just go with the flow everything seems to be a little easier. So while I wasn’t entirely thrilled about having to throw her in the air 500 times in the water, or swim around while she held onto my feet, I have to realize my days of lounging on a float for 5 hours are over and the whole point is for her to have fun. And when I realized that, I had fun too.
And it’s also a pretty good arm workout to throw a child that many times.