The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

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Overheard

The other day, I was reclined on the couch, “resting my eyes,” while the kids were having a snack in the kitchen.

I heard one of them take a few steps into the hallway, apparently stopping to gaze at one of their ancestors lovingly displayed on the wall:

Iris' Family Tree

I recognized the sound of those footsteps, it was Mini-Me, my 8 year old daughter. Her eyes fixated on a portrait of my tow-headed little brother and me as young children:

After a long moment of silence, she quietly spoke to her brothers. “Can you believe that was Mommy when she was little?”

I could tell by the sound of her voice that she was captivated and mystified, as children often are when they see photos of their parents as children. My eyes were still closed, but I could tell by the silence that she was transfixed.

Uncle T. and Iris, 1974.

“Yeah?” her big brother replied, as in, so?

Mini-Me: “I can’t believe Grandma would do that to her.”

Nice.

And End Scene.

 

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You better believe it.

I was wracking my brain to come up with a fabulous, life-altering tip I could share with you for my Just The Tip Tuesday feature today. And then I remembered this really charming motivational slogan and table scape I spied the other day at Kelly Is Inspired:

Check out the rest of her blog too! http://kellyisinspired.blogspot.com/

Cheese and crackers, I love those colors and textures together. Some people just have an eye for that kind of thing. And by some people, I mean not me. Sigh. I decorate like I parent… with a loud voice and a lot of apologies.

Anyhoo, those sassy pink Chucks reminded me of the very same ones my darling Mini-Me (formerly known as Klepto) wore and destroyed in less than 24 hours.

before

after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which then got me thinking about what a passionate and intensely committed child my Mini-Me is, in every part of her life. We’re talking balls-to-the-wall, that girl.

And that’s when I remembered going through her school papers last week and finding this:

“I can Do it!”

It’s the back of her weekly timed math facts test. Just in case you can’t see the picture, it says in very neatly printed 2nd grader handwriting “I can Do it!” And it is circled for emphasis.

I didn’t teach her to do that. What, with all the shouting, and apologizing, and bad decorating – who has time to teach life skills?

So I asked her, “Honey? What’s this on the back of your test?”

And she said, very nonchalantly, “Oh, I just felt like writing it.”

“Where did you learn to do that?” I asked, thinking she must have copied it off someone else’s paper.

“Nowhere. It just came to me,” she replied.

So I enthused: “That is SO cool! Do you think it helped?”

“Shhhhya-ah! Look at my score! It was my highest ever!” (Like, duh Mom, totally.)

And I thought to myself: that is one awesome kid. At the tender age of eight, she already knows one of the secrets to the universe:

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
~ Henry Ford

Hot damn, I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Just with cleaner shoes.

Believe and achieve! Your friend,

-Iris

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