The Universe has always had a weird way of continuing to put my pride in its place.
Like in high school, just when I thought I was pretty - I would obtain a ginormous zit ready to burst forth like Mt.Vesuvius.
Or at work when I am staring to feel like I GOT IT -- inevitably I send an email out that within 10 seconds I realize needs to be recalled.
Or just when you spend your savings on shoes and feel a little "YEAH I'M WORTH IT" (hypothetically speaking, of course) your car dies a dramatic death, but at least you got some cute shoes, huh?
The Universe, he can be so gnarly at times.
Anyhoo -- he has spoken to me today. In loud unabashed tones. About my parenting.
If you will recall just yesterday, a mere 24 hours ago, I was telling you how wonderful Eldest Twerp is -- how SHE GETS IT. How life is about others. I was crying and PROUD and satisfied that the fruit of my parenting was possibly finally paying off. I was content.
Oh how silly one can be. And the Universe had no problem pointing this out to me. Jerk.
I was at the Security Checkpoint in the airport last night traveling to California when ET called my cell.
I picked up and could barely understand her though her sobs.
"Mom?" sniff sniff WAIL! "I need to tell you something that happened at school today. I just can't hide it any loooonnnngggger" sucking air and making noises only known in the medieval torture chamber.
"Okay, what ET?"
"Today at school THE PRINCIPAL was talking to us and said there are no water bottles allowed unless you have a medical condition."
"I told him I had one -- I got thirsty real easily. And he said oookayyy then, you can bring one. And you and I both know I don't have that medical condition. I don't even know what it is really calllllleeeeedddd." WAIL WAIL WAIL
Insert me having restraint here. YOU LIED TO YOUR PRINCIPAL ON THE FIRST DAY OF MIDDLE SCHOOL AND TOLD HIM YOU HAD A MEDICAL CONDITION CALLED "I GET THIRSTY REAL EASILY" SO YOU COULD HAVE A WATER BOTTLE AT SCHOOL?!?!?!?
But instead I calmly asked, "Wow -- what do you need to do?"
We both agreed she needs to go back tomorrow and tell her principal that she LIED and she has no medical condition and she will be following the rules of no water bottles at school. I am certain you can imagine his amazement when he finds out SHE MADE THAT MEDICAL CONDITION UP!
Seriously "I GET THIRSTY REAL EASILY"?!?!?!?
Thanks Universe. Maybe tomorrow we can try again.