Addie: Nathan talks to me ALL THE TIME. And he makes fun of my hair. AND he does bunny ears to me. He chases me around at recess and he is always making funny faces at me.
Me: Sounds like Nathan likes you.
Addie: What? Why would he do all that weird stuff if he likes me?
Me: The weirder a boy is around you, the more he likes you.
Addie: Pfft, it’s more like ‘The weirder a boy is around Addie, the less SHE likes HIM.’
Me: May that always be your answer.
Addie: Hey, is that why dad’s so weird?
Me: Pretty much.
While we’re on the subject of Addie, and since I’m kind of new to this whole “parenting second graders” gig, can we talk about something for a minute?
Addie likes to pretend she has broken bones.
She’ll wrap her wrist up in a scarf and hang it in a sling around her neck. Or she’ll wrap her entire leg in a scarf and hobble around begging for crutches.
This is, normal? No?
I mean, I used to pretend I had a broken arm too. I’d also melt down Jolly Ranchers to make a “retainer.” Then there was the “pretending I had asthma” thing.
It’s just something kids do? Or maybe something just Addie and I do?
Perhaps it’s a desperate cry for attention?
Let’s just say I felt a lot better about my parenting when I asked twitter “So, do your kids ask if you can go out to eat ALL THE TIME?” and everyone said “YES ALL THE TIME!”
So, what I’m saying is, your kids pretend they have injuries too, right?