Good morning Everyone!
Do any of you know exactly what happens to children around age 12 that leads them to suffer excessive brain damage? Just to give you an example of the malady, let me tell you about Kayla’s locker.
As the end of school approaches, Kayla needs to clean out her locker. So this morning, I asked, “What about your locker?”
She answered, absently, “I’ll start cleaning it out today.”
Since I had reason to think she wasn’t as focused on the locker issue as I was, I asked ,” What about the key?”
Let’s book mark that question and back track several months, to the time when Kayla, frustrated with her combination lock, wanted a locker lock with a key. Being gifted with the normal amount of second sight accorded to mothers, I asked her what would happen if she lost the key. She assured me that she would wear it on a chain around her neck and not lose it. Still, to be certain, I bought a lock with two keys – one of which I kept and placed strictly off-limits.
All right, let’s flip back to the present day. When asked about the key, Kayla answered, “Oh, yeah, I’m going to need the key.” She couldn’t tell me what had happened to her key, nor even when it had disappeared.
Restraining myself from saying the obvious, “I told you so,” (mental comments don’t count!), I told her to go get the key from the M & M jar where we keep spare keys. She couldn’t find it, and the bus was almost there, so I told her to double-check the type of lock we were dealing with at school today so I could help look for the key tonight.
With a kiss goodbye, I sent her off on the bus, then wandered into the kitchen to pour my morning diet coke – only to discover that, for reasons unknown probably even to herself, Kayla had NOT looked in the M&M jar for the key, but in my purse.
So what special combination of circumstances leads to brain damage that 1) loses things you were specifically told not to lose and 2) translates the words “M&M jar” to “Mom’s purse”? More importantly, how do you fix it? Does it ever get better? Fellow parents out there, give me hope!
Have a great day!