The best thing about our nighttime routine is the private, last minute conversations I have with my soon-to-be 7-year-old Princess. I know, I know, part of it is her stalling and trying to delay the inevitable. But I must admit, as long as I continue to get the skinny on all that happened that day in class, at recess and all points in between…. I’ll take it.
My other truth is that, sometimes, I envy my husband’s quick retreat to his recliner downstairs. You see he puts our 4-year-old pint size super hero son to bed and I usually hear him exit about 5 minutes after lights out. In five minutes our daughter hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface on her day.
But here’s the thing, our conversations…I mean her conversations are priceless. Don’t believe me? Read for yourself:
ME: “Mommy is it true that teachers don’t make much money?”
“Yes, ME it’s true. I hope that will change one day. They deserve much more.”
ME: “Well when I get big, I’m going to change that.”
“Awesome. ME I think that’s a great goal.”
ME: “I changed my mind, I want to change it now. What can I do?”
“I don’t know ME, maybe you can write the Governor(NC) a letter about how you feel.”
ME: “Governor, who’s the Governor?”
“His name is Pat McCory.”
ME: “Pat who?”
ME: “He sounds mean.”
“Well some people think so.”
ME: “He sounds like he’s related to Dumb Donald (Trump that is. By the way, I do not approve of the nickname she’s given him).” She then pauses for a moment.
“In that case momma, I’m gonna write him two letters. One for more money for teachers and one to tell him he won’t be re-elected. He don’t need to be Governor if a kid has to tell him to give teachers more money.”
At this point I choose not to respond, which is how we end just about every night; with her having the last word. I silently chuckle and I think to myself, Ummm, ME, can you send the letter about giving the teachers a raise first? I’m Just Saying. Plus technically I’m sure he considers their additional $750 a year a grand gesture. It’s simply not enough Governor McCory, just ask my second grader. #watchoutPat #MEforGovernor
Fact check: Examining raises for North Carolina teachers