15 October 2010

Epic

It’s hard living with a six year old sometimes. She needs care and feeding, and has an ill-developed sense of proportion.

Last night, we curled up together and I read her another chapter of Betsy-Tacy. It’s nice, this reading aloud that we’re doing these days. It used to be that I read her three books every night, chosen from her many picture books. In the past few months, though, we’ve settled into a pattern where I read her a chapter or two of a long format book that’s a little ahead of her ability to read herself, and she works through a pile of “just right” books before she falls asleep.

After we were done reading, she sat bolt upright in my bed and said "Mommy! I have a surprise for you!" She tossed aside one pillow, then the second, and then burst into hysterics when she pulled up the third pillow. You see, in a misguided attempt to, I don’t know, play princess and the pea?, she’d stuck a lump of kelly green Silly Putty under my pillow. Without its protective egg. Upon which we’d been reposing for a half hour.

Yes. A great sticky gob of Silly Putty was fused to both my pillow and the bottom sheet.

She sobbed and sobbed, in a gasping, wailing, over-the-top fit of remorse and regret. She knew she’d done wrong, both by my sheets that had to be changed, and by the ruined Silly Putty. Lord knows if the kelly green Silly Putty will ever come out of the sheets. As for the Silly Putty? "It was special to me" she said over and over, in between sobs.

I tell you, it was all I could do not to laugh.

All she really needed to do was say "I’m sorry Mommy, I shouldn’t have put Silly Putty under your pillow" – and she did, this morning – but that epic fit over something so ridiculous was pretty stunning.

16 comments:

FreshHell said...

Sigh. Yeah. I've had a couple of incidents like that, too. I hope the silly putty comes out in the wash.

Julia said...

Silly Putty comes off if you put it in the freezer, then chip it.

As for the epic-ness, just take notes about what works now. You'll want to review'em when she hits 11, 12, 16... But not-laughing is usually a good strategy!

de said...

Alas, such drama is de rigueur for my girl. Maybe yours is getting a cold.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

We have silly putty stuck to the carpet in my bedroom, which has become my kids' playroom. This winter I'll open all the windows & try Julia's suggestion...

She was probably tired, don't you think? I can't keep things in proportion when I'm tired.

Life As I Know It said...

Oh, don't you love it?

When my son was 7 he had a award winner, head spinning meltdown in the middle of the street over...a stick.

Life in Eden said...

yup, seen it, lived it. now that we've made it to 7 things go a bit better. sometimes it is still out of proportion, but not so long lasting.

RuthWells said...

Oh, the drama!

mayberry said...

Oh, too funny -- because we had an epic tantrum just last week that went something like this: A demand for food at bedtime, denied. A pretzel, filched. A damp pretzel, confiscated. A boy, wailing: "But that pretzel was SPECIAL TO ME!"

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

At least you know she's got a strong conscience.

jo(e) said...

I'm just chiming in to say that I love, love, love the Betsy-Tacy books.

And I so remember that age! I miss it sometimes. My daughter is 24 ....

The Library Lady said...

To them these things are epic--they're so worried about how we'll react.

Love that you're reading stuff like Betsy-Tacy together. Perfect sort of books for a 6 year old. And I'd say that even if I WASN'T a member of the Betsy-Tacy Society. Did you know you can go out to Mankato,MN (Deep Valley) and see Betsy and Tacy's houses?

flutter said...

and this is why moms are awesome. I might have totally lost my mind

slow panic said...

I'd like to say such drama discontinues as soon as they turn seven. but it doesn't.

i love your perspective.

YourFireAnt said...

What you meant was: She needs care and feeding and drama.

It's like poetry, only louder.

;-)

rachel... said...

We've had a few epic fits around here lately, too. And we also had a similar experience once, too. But with Floam. And carpet.

Emily said...

That's six in a nutshell...