Thursday, September 15, 2011

I'm the Rubber, You're the Glue...

...It bounces off me and sticks to you!
How many of you remember calling out that little rhyme when you were a kid - any time someone said an unkind thing to you?
Well, I didn't say that line out loud yesterday, but I thought it. I know. I'm so mature!

You must understand. Joshua has a habit of frittering away his time in the morning and tends to miss the bus. No big deal, he says, because he can just ride his bike to school. And I'm not about to argue that one. If he wants to waste his time and miss the bus and ride his bike, instead? I say, Go for it.

But Wednesday morning as soon as Joshua opened the door and stepped out into the garage, he turned around and came right back inside. "Mom, can you drive me, please? It's too cold." (It must have been all the way down to 53 degrees. Poor kid was probably concerned about frost bite!)

I looked at him, paused with a sigh, and said, "Uh, no." I mean, seriously??? Did he really expect me to drive him to school? After all the lectures I've given about taking responsibility and not wasting time in the morning? Did he now want to sit in the van with me for five or six minutes and listen to another rant about timeliness? I couldn't do that to him! LOL

So I said, "NO."

And at that, Joshua turned back to the door, grumbled, "Mean parent!" and was on his way.

I imagine he thought he really got me with that parting statement.

Little did he know what I was reheasing in my head. I'm the rubber, you're the glue. It bounces off me and sticks to you!

Yep. Maturity at it's best, folks! What can I say?




Leah @ Point Ministries said...

that's a new one...never heard it before. unfortunately it is not always true. hurtful words hurt...kinda like sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. NOT!!

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - Really? You've never heard that one? Must be a northern thing. *wink*
I totally agree with you, though. It isn't always true. I once made up a different rhyme...Let's see if I can remember it. "Broken bones from sticks and stones will surely heal some day. But shame and hurts from harmful words might never go away."
There was a time when the words Joshua spoke yesterday would have brought me down, but by the grace of God - I was able to let them roll. :o)

happyhome said...

Just can't wait for the day they grow up and realize we weren't so mean after all! One day the phone will ring and we will hear them say, "Thanks Mom."

Irritable Mother said...

Angela - I pray so! :o)