I think I've done a pretty good job loving on my children and they love on me right back. Until today.
"I don't want you anymore!" came from HokieBoy's mouth this evening.
HokieGirl followed that with, "you a bad Mama!"
Here's what happened. We were hanging out in the living room. HokieHubby had left for another overtime shift. I was messing around on the computer. The HokieChildren were playing with trains and a ton of track. Things were going well until HokieGirl tried to run her train on a stretch of track where HokieBoy's train was running. Screaming and screeching ensued. They were warned that they needed to play nicely or the trains would be put away. So, niceness reigned for a few minutes.
Suddenly all heck broke loose with both HokieChildren screaming at each other again.
I broke it up by saying it was time to pick it all up and put it away. HokieBoy comes to me crying and whining that they will play nicely this time. I stood firm. They put the tracks away, both of them crying hysterically.
In the meantime, I went outside to check on the newly flattened tropicana flowers in my front yard. They found me and begged me to let them play trains. When I refused, that's when those horrifying, knife-like words flowed from their little mouths.
"I don't want you anymore!" and "You a bad mama!"
I guess I am officially a mom. My children hate me. At least for a moment.
We went inside and I talked with each of them alone. When asked why he didn't want me anymore, HokieBoy told me it was because I keep getting mad.
"Why do I get mad at you?" I asked.
"Because I play with the fan or touch things that could hurt me, or for climbing over a gate or other dangerous things."
Okay, not going to argue with that, but, "why am I mad at you this evening?"
"Because me and HokieGirl were fighting."
"Should I be mad at you for not be nice with each other?"
A very similar conversation followed with HokieGirl. I think they may be getting the hang of it.
Oh, and about five minutes after our talk, HokieBoy pops out with this gem:
"Mama, I want to keep you forever."
Maybe I'm getting the hang of it, too.