Thursday, May 01, 2008

Why Is It OK To Do This?

I'm going away for the weekend with Diva, who is turning NINE tomorrow! My baby girl is NINE! How did this happen? Pretty soon she'll be getting her period and zits and turn into a bitchy whiny teenager. So, I'm taking her away for the weekend while she still loves me and wants to hang out with me. While she still thinks I'm the coolest person on earth. Because I can only fool her for so long. Happy Birthday Baby Girl Diva! I love you! You can read the story of her birth here. She almost didn't come to be. I'm so glad she's here!

And here are two stories I will share with you, the first happened a couple weeks ago when I was sick:

I'm sick right? So why is it that Mr. Manic's been out of town the whole weekend and he gets home and I've finally gone upstairs to take a nap because I've been sick. You've seen the video right?! I WAS SICK! I closed my bedroom door, put on comfy jammies, big thick socks cuz I'm freezing, wrapped myself like a burrito in five blankets and fall asleep.

Tukey comes in when I'm comfortably comatose, head buried, the door had been closed. He wakes me up to ask if he can ride his bike.

"Where's dad?"

"He's downstairs taking a nap."


Is this in the mothers' job description?

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Then yesterday, Tukey and I are at Tar-ZJAY and I need to go get a water from the Starbucks so I consider for a flash of a half-second leaving him on a bench to eat his cinnamon pretzel while I run over to the Starbucks counter, then decide not to leave him. But then he says he doesn't want to come with me.

"You have to come with me. What if someone kidnaps you."

"No one's going to kidnap me."

"Someone could kidnap you. There are bad people in the world. You don't know what other people are thinking. Someone might want to take you away from me."

"Mom, no one's going to take me."

"Tukey, just get up and come with me, it'll take two seconds."

Reluctantly, he gets up and starts walking with me and I continue my kidnapping lesson. "You just don't know how things are, Tukey. You're adorable, someone could just want to steal you away from me..."

From out of nowhere, this lady, about my age, walks by with her Target cart filled up, and she says, "I'd take him home."

My response? Full of gratitude: "THANK YOU!"

And then I started cracking up, like Wait a minute! I'm thanking this strange woman for saying she would kidnap my cute kid? But really, I was thanking her for bringing home the point that there are strangers out there that could possibly want to take my cute little boy away from me.

Wait? I don't get how my mind works completely?

Anyway, while I'm gone this weekend, don't forget to share your first or worst or best KISSING TALE and Trish Ryan will choose a winner of her book, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever After when I return.

Peace UP!


Anonymous said...

I can totally relate to your story of the kids not waking your husband. I really don't understand how they rationalize these things.

Have a great time on your trip with your daughter!

justme said...

what a special time for you and your daughter

Tonya Staab said...

The story of my life as told by Manic.

Tonya Staab said...

Oh have a great girls weekend by the way.

Laski said...

Oh wow! I loved hearing her birth story. What a scary start, but a beautiful outcome!

Happy B-day! Have a fabulous time!

As Cape Cod Turns said...

Happy Birthday, Diva! Have a great girls' weekend!

Lisa said...

Have an AWESOME weekend with your baby girl:0)

Shelley said...

Happy Birthday, Diva!! You are very smart to go on a trip with her now, while she still thinks you're awesome. We will save the discussion of the ugliness of age 13 for another time. :)

I so get the thing about bothering you and not dad. In my case, it's not waking me but calling me at work in the evening to ask me if they can do something when HE IS HOME! I'm like, ummm, did you ask your dad? You know, the parent that is HOME?? Gah.

Barrie said...

Happy Birthday, Diva! It's fine to be nine. :) (Loved that book of short stories!)

What a fun idea--a weekend away. I have a daughter turning eight this month. Hmm.....

Unknown said...

What a great birth story! And it's great that you two are spending a weekend together! I'm sure we'll hear some great stories Monday, right?

So what I want to know is, did you go downstairs and slap your husband upside the head? Men. Geez.

And I SO get the lady who said she would take him home. I'm pretty sure your son got the point and she was doing you a HUGE favor!

Monnik said...

have fun on your girls weekend! I'm jealous!!

Monnik said...

i just read your birth story and have tears in my eyes. I can't watch or read about birth stories without crying like a blubbering toddler. Awwww....

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to Diva! My first turns 9 in December... yikes! Have fun. :)

Trish Ryan said...

Awww....happy birthday Diva!

And you ARE the coolest Mrs. Manic...Diva might lose sight of that for a few years, but that doesn't mean it's not true :)

Have an amazing trip!

MaBunny said...

Have a great weekend, and Happy Birthday Diva:))

Amanda said...

Have a great time!

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the napping thing. My husband's rule is, "If Daddy's eyes are closed, don't bother him." It never works for me.

KATE said...

I love that you're taking her away while she's still little & likes you! I hope you have fun!

Jenster said...

Hope your weekend was awesome! I still do that with my 13-year-old (who is really officially closer to 14 now that it's past April 24). She won't admit it outright, but she still thinks I'm cool, even though she has all those zits and a period and all that other stuff. So I'm guessing you still have many years to go. :o)


MaBunny said...

Ok, manic, I tried to read her birth story, but couldn't get intoit, even after i created a log in name and password...wouldn't get me to the link. can u help? or is my blond just working overtime?