I've noticed more recently that parenting is full of those 'duh' moments. Originally, I assumed it was because I didn't have my mom around to teach me the 'here's-how-it-works-as-a-mom' sorts of things. (Although, looking back on it, I distinctly remember a time when I ran to the store and left Bonus, who was about three months old, with my mother. Upon returning, I walked in as she was trying to heat a bottle and yelling to my screaming child, "I'm coming, you bad baby you!" From then on, Bonus was our "bad baby".)
Ah, the memories...
Lately, I've found that my "bad baby" has been surprising me with his understanding of things. Part of it is just being six, but I'm worried that most of it that he's smarter than me.
A couple of nights ago, I was
playing on facebook cleaning the house and heard a loud noise out back. Apparently, the piece of mulch that I so ingeniously used to wedge the downspout against the house had fallen out and the wind was making it rattle again. I went outside, repaired the downspout and returned to the porch feeling vindicated for winning the battle and proving to myself that I can handle any sort of household responsibility while Dorkfish is traveling.
Apparently, checking to see that the door isn't going to lock behind me, doesn't fall into the 'household responsibility' category.
Finding only the bathroom window unlocked, I texted my neighbor, Cameron, in hopes he still had my key and was up
facebooking cleaning as well. Fortunately, he was and I was able to make it back inside.
The following morning, I recanted this story to Bonus. Feeling quite pleased with myself for solving both the problem of the gutter rattling and being locked out, I may have made my journey sound much more dangerous. (I think there was a loose tiger in our neighborhood...) At the end of my story, Bonus looked at me and said, "Momma, why didn't you just knock on my window and wake me up?"
"Well, actually, I had considered that option,but couldn't get the screen off your window to knock on it."
"Momma, why didn't you just ring the doorbell?"
This doesn't make him smarter than me, does it?!