Friday, January 22, 2010

But We Love Each Other Anyway

Tigger sat beside me on my bed today. She was examining me. Closely.

"You have big teeth," she finally said. I stared back at her.

"And they're crooked," she added. More staring from me. I know I say I prize candidness, but this was a bit ridiculous.

"Well, blame the dentist that told us my teeth weren't 'bad enough' to merit intervention," I said.

"And your ears are big, too." My, Tigger was just a truth-tellin' machine today. (Side note: I've never felt my ears were particularly big. Lopsided enough that having glasses fitted is always torture, yes, but never oversize.)

I wondered what flaw my middle child -a child I carried for not quite 40 weeks, who I nursed for a YEAR, who I comfort when sick, whose every hurt I kiss, the child I discipline with love - would point out next. (Moles? Dry skin?)

"I love you," I told her. (Yes, a shameless attempt to change the subject)

"I love you, too," she said. "'But your teeth-." I stopped her before she could finish. I can tell you my first reaction: give Tigger a little piece of my mind concerning some of her own less desirable traits.

Of course, I did not. I'm the adult and she's the child. Our little family loves each other proverbial warts (and literal ones too, if any of us had them) and all.

I will be working with Tigger on the inadvisability of discussing such things so frankly with anyone outside the family circle. But if you should ever meet Tigger, considered yourself forewarned.

1 comment:

Karin said...

ROTFLOL!!! Mine did that too! Of course I was meticulously examined way back then by our children and more recently by our grands! Everything I had was bigger - ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, nose, hands, not to mention the by now loose skin and yikes, even age spots! I think I played little red riding hood with them at that point! Such fun memories!

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