I am fortunate to be a parent of a young lady who reminds me constantly of who I am. She looks NOTHING like me but she has all of my FLAVOR (attitude). Sydney Lauren, as I so lovingly call her when I am angry, has some of the best comebacks, statements, make your head turn sayings at the ripe age of 8. Yep! She’s only 8 but is full of wisdom that I wish I could take from her and then give back when she’s 18 and out of the house.
I often have to give Sydney directions three to four times. After awhile she likes to give me this zinger of a phrase: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!
Here are some moments with Sydney:
Me: “Sydney, I need you to put your toys back in the toy box.”
(This is repeated several times.)
Sydney: eyes rolling, head slowing turning in my direction “Mom I heard you the first time.”
Me: “Sydney, I need you to put them away now!” (spoken through clenched teeth)
Sydney: “Kennedy (older sister), put the toys away. Ain’t nobody got time for that!!” Kennedy puts the toys away.
Me: “Sydney, I have folded your clothes, put them in your dresser drawer.”
Sydney: eyes rolling, head slowing turning in my direction “Since you folded them can’t you put them away?”
Me: “I am not understanding why you can’t follow simple directions.”
Sydney : “Mom, ain’t nobody got time for that. Don’t you see I’m watching tv?”
Me: Turns off the tv. Loudly counts to 10.
Sydney: as she is taking her clothes from my hands, “I am going to watch tv after I am done during this.”
Me: “Yeah, right!!!”
This eight year old of mine never really has time to do the things I want/need her to do. It is truly frustrating but entertaining at the same time because I see myself coming out of her. Here is a prefect example:
Literacy Coach: “It is almost that time of the year again to Slice.” (comment said loud enough for me to hear.)
Me: I ignored the comment and continued on with my daily routine.
Literacy Coach: followed me into my office “So are you going to Slice again?”
Me: eyes rolling, head turning quickly in the direction of my Coach, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
Coach: shocked by response (I love my shock value responses.)
Me: “Listen, there are 31 days in March. That is a lot of writing to do. I have a ton of other things that I need to focus on.”
Coach: “But your slices were funny last year. You know you must do the challenge.”
Me: eyes rolling, head turning quickly, “Fine! I will do it!” (sounding like my 8 year old)
I am back!!! Here’s to 31 days of slicing.
So I guess DO have time for that.