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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Why I'm not looking forward to puberty.

A conversation in the car last night:

K: Mom, what color are my lips?
Me: (driving, trying to figure out what I still had to do with the remainder of the evening). Uh, red?
K: But I want them to be pink!
Me: Well, honey, I'm driving, so I can't see your lips. Lips are kind of a pinkish red, so maybe your lips are pink.
K: But you said they were red.
Me: (noting to self that I need a crystal ball to figure out what kiddo wants, and that I should have also actually looked at kiddo's lips before answering the question) When we get there, I'll look at your lips and tell you what color they are.
K: (tearfully wailing) My lips aren't pink!
Me: Honey, your lips are perfect. (Stopping at a light so I can turn and look) Yup, they're more pink than red. Your lips are beautiful.
K: But I want pink lips! (still sobbing)

We drive to our destination, and she spends the ENTIRE TIME crying because she wants pink lips. We head back home, and she's still sobbing and obsessing about needing pink lips.

Me: (Exasperated) Honey, I really think I was wrong in saying your lips are red. I think they're really pink.
K: (sniffing) You think so?
Me: Yes. (Because really, what color ARE lips? Pink? Red? Aren't they just the same shade with a little white thrown in? I'm a writer, not an artist)
K: (FINALLY ceasing the tears, but with a wavering voice) I'll go home and check to see if my lips are pink. I've just GOT to have pink lips.

She has since decided that her lips are definitely red. And she's extremely depressed that her lips are not pink. If you mention her lips, she starts crying.

Isn't this hormonal girly stuff supposed to happen when she's 14, not 4? If this is a taste of things to come, we are really in trouble. I joke about sending them to boarding school for the teen years, but seriously... how am I going to survive this?

5 comments:

Kay said...

Not that it matters to her, but I much prefer Red over Pink. Much. Red lips are prettiest.

Danica/Dream said...

Red lips are quite attractive, and I have to say that whatever color hers are, they really are quite beautiful

She Became a Butterfly said...

i was like that as a child and i spent most of it being clinically depressed. it seems odd that she would be that emotional about something most of us would see as trivial. i'm not trying to diagnose her -- just saying i was a lot like that as a child. i always made a mountain out of a molehill.

hugs.

michellewillingham said...

You know, I can absolutely relate to this... :)

Danica/Dream said...

Michelle, I think our kiddos are about the same age,right?