Or, "How Olivia's All-Thatness Gets in the Way of her Helpfulness":
Sean-Peter and Olivia are watching a video.
"Sean-Peter, you stay here and I'll be back ... But no following, okay?"
Sean-Peter continues to sit on the couch.
"Sean-Peter? Do you hear me? Sean-Peter? ... Right, you stay here! You can't follow me where I'm going. You can't watch what I'm going to watch. Because it's dangerous. "
Now Sean-Peter is off the couch.
"Sean-Peter? Aren't you listening? You can't watch what I'm going to watch! So no following."
I am sealing up the paint can now.
"Sean-Peter! I said no following! No, Sean-Peter, no! Go back."
Another title option, "Why It's Going to Take Me Six Forevers* To Paint Olivia's Room".
(*"Six forevers" was Conner's catch-all for A Really Long Time when he was Olivia's age, one of those phrases that lives on long past the little guy who coined it.**)
(At least, this is what I am reminding myself of when I feel like This is My Life forever and ever and I will never be able to paint or do anything else in peace, ever again.)
(That is, not for at least six more forevers.)
(**Oops. John just told me that he was the one who coined it. Who knew?)
March 30, 2012
5 years ago