Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Critter Wisdom

It was close to bed time and I tried to get my 6 year old daughters attention away from cartoons long enough to get the message through her head "Daddy loves you". Being unhappy with her offhand and thoughtless response as she tries to look around me to see the TV, I try to share my wisdom, to maybe give her a glimpse at what it means when someone says "I love you".
"Sweetheart, do you know what it means to love someone?" I asked.
"Yes", she said, still watching the TV.
"OK, what does it mean?" I asked
"I'm not telling you because you already know." she replied, craning her head around, trying to see the TV past my head.
"OK, I'll tell you then. When you love someone, their being happy is more important to you than your own happiness." I replied, feeling smug, intelligent, and wise.
Now, for the first time in this conversation, she takes her eyes off the TV and looks right at me.
"Good, because I'm happy watching the TV!" she responded, slowley and clearly, just in case I was too stupid to "get it" if she spoke too quickly.
You know she actually got mad at me when I couldn't stop laughing? Fair is fair though - I shared my wisdom and she shared hers . . .

No comments:

Post a Comment