Thursday, February 19, 2009

Score! One for the home team

KATE: I like you.

ME: What Kate?

KATE: I like you all. I like you all the time.

ME: Aww, Boo, I love you.

A comment so innocuous, but so genuine, truly a heart stopping moment. It superseded the traditional, rote, “love you” echoed daily without hesitation or thought. A true testament that despite all of the chaos, I am apparently doing something right. If the only approval I can garner is Kate’s, I consider that a true success, as she is my toughest critic.



I am going to conjure up a way to recreate that moment, ensuring that I have a recording device properly positioned to document this statement. I will then secure it in a vault to be retrieved when she is fifteen and I am subjected to shrieks of, “Mom, I hate you. You don’t know anything. I swear you don’t even love me, or you wouldn’t say no. You just don’t understand … I just want to dieeeeeeeeeeee.”

I’ll then calmly locate this video and provide evidence that she agreed to like me all of the time. This little girl tests my parenting skills on an hourly basis, so I am utilizing the next twelve years to ensure I am ready for Kate: Version Teenager.

14 comments:

Jeanne said...

I often think liking people is much harder than loving them -- nice work, Mom!

Ann's Rants said...

Sigh. Yes. Soak it up. What a golden moment.

angi_b72 said...

Awww!! Yes cherish it!! I have a 13 year old turning 20 on Sunday.....i hear everyday how much I just "don't understand"!! lol

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so sweet. You are right, you will need this when she is 15! It is so much easier to love than to like. there have been moments over the last 15 years that I have felt: I love you, but right now, I don't like you very much! Thank goodness it passes quickly.
She is a doll...hugs, suz

Call Me Cate said...

Aww, so warm and fuzzy to start my day. I can totally see why that made your day. Even though you don't have video, at least you captured the moment here on your blog. I think Kate is one of my favorite bloggy-kids and it has nothing to do with her awesome name (even if she did get the lovely "K" as opposed to the oddball "C").

Liz said...

Isn't it funny how that balance works? Isn't it funny how it just takes one of those sweet moments to make your life sing for days and months and a lifetime?

With kids, you have to give them a hundred positive strokes to make up for a negative one.

With moms, you need to give them one genuine positive stroke to make up for a million negative ones.

Juliet Colors said...

Aw... That's adorable!

Rachel Cotterill said...

That's so sweet. I hope she'll still feel like that when she is in Teenager Mode!

Crazy Mo said...

I have a lump in my throat. That's so sweet! I went through the I-hate-my-mom phase when I was a teenager. I cringe when I think of the horrible things I said to my mom. When it happens, try to remember it's the hormones talking!

Lisa said...

i like you is somehow more profound than i love you at this stage.. xx

Divine Chaos said...

awww :)) I always tell mine that I'm gonna remind her of the things she says now when she's a teenager. So far, I'm the best mother in the entire world and she never ever wants to leave home.

No, no I'm not above blackmail. :-)

The Rambler said...

Mental Note: Must remember to record for later blackmail time.

I linky loved ya today in my Think About it Thursday post.

Jenners said...

Awwwwwww! That was lovely! They do have a knack for just melting your heart don't they? And I love the photo! : )

C. Beth said...

That is awesome!! I would love to hear that from Chickie!