Yesterday after church, I had some errands to run. One of them was to find Audrey a three hole punched pencil pouch. The selection of which cannot be done by me alone, because that would be so lame and I would pick the ugliest one in the bunch.
So, Audrey was going to come with me to run said errands. On the way home from church, I mentioned to Matt that since we would be out and about, Audrey and I would just grab lunch somewhere because we also had a soccer game to get to in the afternoon.
Audrey asked if we can go to a certain Mexican restaurant in town. I was thinking more along the lines of Panera. When I told her that we wouldn't be going to the Mexican restaurant, we were just pulling into the driveway from church.
As she was getting out of the car, she made the poor choice of screaming, "You never let me eat what I want to eat. We are never going to be able to eat at ______ again!" All of this through tears, of course.
It was one of those moments where I had to stop and seriously wonder if she was losing it or if I was, because weren't we just talking about lunch?
Audrey then ran upstairs crying and
I called her down after a few minutes and she came to me with a smirk on her face. I did the normal and expected don't-you-ever-talk-to-me-again-that-way. The tears welled up again, and I told her I was giving her a second chance. If she wanted to come with me to pick out her pencil pouch, she needed to pull herself together.
"I am not going anywhere with you!" Run away. Door slam. Didn't we just go over that?
Before I left on my errand running, I took out the trash and the next thing I know, Audrey is back in the land of the mentally-well-balanced, walking out of the house to go with me.
As she passed Matt on the way out, he said, "This is nothing to cry over."
She got in the car and said, "Ugh! I am not even crying! He doesn't even know what he is talking about."
The rest of our expedition was spent talking about school, cross country, soccer, food and re-decorating her room.
Are you a parent of an infant, toddler or adolescent? If so, you MUST catch "The Middle" when the primetime season starts back up. It is so funny and so true to life that when Audrey has her episodes such as this one, I immediately think of Axel, the teenage boy on the show.
During one episode, he comes downstairs in the morning and asks, "What are we having for breakfast?". One of his parents responds with something like, "Bagels." And Axel yells, "Do you wake up every morning just thinking of ways to ruin my life?!"