Thursday, March 29, 2012

The one where she looks in the mirror

You know you have finally arrived as a mother the day your very small child calls the guy who just cut you off in traffic a douche. Time to put away the driving words! Having a little person allows you to see the way you treat people come right back at you. You know, kind of like looking in a mirror. In our case, it doesn't hurt that it is actually like looking in a mirror:

A couple of weeks ago, she put her hands on her hips and said "OK Mommy, these are your options..." Methinks I've said that to her once or a thousand times before... She's very free with the I love yous, and it makes my heart swell every time. I'm happy she feels enough love to share it so readily. On these days, looking in the mirror of motherhood is like looking in the actual mirror when I'm having a great hair day. Hells yeah, this kid is awesome. Under my astute tutelage, she's going to be a fine human being!

And then there's the days where looking into the mirror of motherhood is like looking at yourself in the actual mirror on the second or third day of the flu. When your eyes are crusted over and the snot is free-flowing on your upper lip, and let's not even get started on the hair. The days when you see that she's exasperated in seconds because an argument is not going her way. Or when she runs out of patience and throws whatever she was trying to figure out as far away as she possibly can. Because that's like looking in a mirror too. 

I'm always going to have bad hair mom days. I'm never going to be completely satisfied with what I see reflected back at me in miniature form. But just like the regular mirror, most of the time what I see is just fine. If only the mirror could fast-forward a little for me to let me know what I'm going to see further down the road!

This post is written as part of GBE2 - Week #45 word prompt: Mirror. For more info about GBE,  click here.  


Unknown said...

I have a mini-me too! When my oldest was about 7 my youngest found a photo of me at 7 and thought it was her sister. We had similar haircuts and everything!

She will get older, and then you will see yourself as your parents saw you at 16, then the drinking begins more heavily! LOL

Jo said...

Oh, I must tell you, it works for all the life of your mini you. I still see my daughter reflecting me all the time. It's a very real and unfiltered look at your own behavior.

This is so well written and so well known to so many moms.

Sharon Greenthal said...

Our children reflect the best - and the worst - of us. The older they get, the more they do so. "She gets that from me," "He gets that from you." It's like having a truth serum every day!

Unknown said...

This is ironic because I just came from eating lunch with my daughter at school and I was amazed to see her acting just like me. It was funny. LOL Course there are moments when my kids do something I know they got from only me that is horrifying, but most of the time it is funny. Great post!


Anonymous said...

When our kids are wonderful, I say, my daughter, my son. Their less than perfect moments belong to the hubs. ;O)

Corinne Rodrigues said...

This is sweet. I don't have kids and I'm wondering how I'd feel with having a little me running around...kind of scary I think ;)

Playoutsidegal said...

Hehe.. she dropped the D word. Mine doesn't say that one get but drops F-bombs nonstop. I've gotta clean up my act, wash my mouth out with soap, just not talk when I'm mad.. I don't know. Yeah, you have bad days sometimes, along with the rest of us, but not bad mom days because you aren't a bad mom! : )

Catch My Words said...

The resemblance between the two of you is spooky. Cute! Cute! Cute!