Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Can I have gum?...

So far today has been rough.

Evan and Sierra have both been so busy and not feeling quite up to par. Evan has the sniffles and has complained of a head-ache more than once this week. Sierra has a sinus infection with a very runny nose. Again. They cough a lot at night and I don't think either one of them is getting the sleep they need.

Evan had a hard time getting up this morning and Gordon kept telling him to hurry up. Evan was moving at a slightly faster pace than a snail on Valium. He kept dilly-dallying (is that a word?) so much this morning that he missed his bus. Great! Now we have to drive him to school.

While all of this is going on, Sierra is melting down and crying because there are no more granola bars. Really? I am surprised she didn't throw herself on the ground kicking and screaming. I know I was completely devastated that there were no more granola bars. (yes, that is sarcasm you hear in my voice.)

So, off to school we go. First to drop of Evan and then get Sierra to preschool. We met our friend Greg for breakfast at the Farmer's Roost in Everson. One thing I have learned about this little farmer hang-out: DON'T sit at the old farmer's table! They don't like it and they will sit right down on your lap if you are in their spot. Yes, I speak from experience. :)

We get back to the house and do a few things while waiting to go pick Sierra up again. I get to the school and the assistant teacher tells me that Sierra has something to say to me. This is never a good sign. Sierra, with her big blue eyes, looks up at me and says that she can't remember. So, teacher Mindy tells me that Sierra didn't tell the truth today. Basically, she lied. She said she washed her hands after using the potty, but she didn't.
We get in the car to come home and this is my conversation with my daughter:

M-Why did you lie to Miss Mindy?

S-I didn't understand her question.

M-Sierra, you did understand her question. You chose to not tell her the truth and that hurts my heart and also teacher Mindy's. How can I learn to trust you if you don't tell the truth?

S-I don't know. Can I have my water color book?

M-No, you are being punished for lying and you cannot have your book today.

S-Ok, can I color when I get home?

M-No, you are going to have lunch and go take a rest. I think you are extra tired and it is making you have bad judgement.

S-I don't want to take a nap.

M-I understand, but the choice is not yours. You messed up your choice and now you will have to deal with mine. Naptime.

S-I am sad that you are mad at me. (sniff, sniff)

M-I am not mad, just disappointed that you didn't make the right choice. You know that lying gets you in more trouble than telling the ugly truth.

S-Ok, can I have a piece of gum?

Really, are you serious?!?! Did anything register in that little brain of hers? OMG, I might explode!!!



Snowmommy said...

Oh Sierra. At least she's not hiding in the bathtub! :)

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Tracie said...

Great Googly Moogly!!! I don't know whether to laugh or cry about this!!! I love her so much, and yet I sit back in awe at her complete and total blondeness!!!