So today when I catch myself thinking other people's thoughts, I'm telling myself to shut up. And it's helping.
An Annaliese story!
Friday, her teacher told me Annaliese had something to give me. So I waited until she wandered out with something in her hand. Miss Lee urged her to give it to me, but there was a 3-foot-tall teddy bear in the room, and she was distracted. Eventually she came over but instead of handing me my Mother's Day present-- a styrofoam cup with a flower planted in it-- she said " no! it's my present!"
At which point, I and Miss Lee gave up and I toted the kids to the car.
I was buckling her in and asked again if she wanted to give me my present. She said "NO MA'AM" and so I started up the car.
The whole way home, Annaliese cradled her plant and sang, "Happy Birthday-to-ME, Happy Birthday-to-ME."
This child of mine.