Ane Speaks – sibling rivarly edition

Ane was in tears again on Monday when I picked her up from school. Great big crocodile ones. She went quietly, sobbing, all the way to the car.

“Honey, I know you love school,” I told her. “But you get to come back tomorrow!”

For the rest of the afternoon, when she began to cry about wanting to be at school, she would catch herself and say, “Mommy, I get to go to school tomorrow?” When I answered in the affirmative, she would gulp down a sob and say “Okay,” in the most pathetic voice possible.

Yesterday, I was a couple minutes late picking her up. She and one other little girl were waiting with her teacher on the front steps of the school, where we usually pick up the kids. I knew I was running a bit late, and the teachers really don’t like that, so I came flying up the sidewalk to get her.

Ane spotted me and broke into a huge grin. “Mommy!” she yelled, running to me and throwing her arms around me.

I almost fainted from shock. Who was this kid? Where were the tears and recrimations? Where was the begging to stay at school?

Ane cheerfully said good-bye to her teacher, who told her that she’d see her next week, which didn’t faze Ane a bit. “Mommy, I’m so happy to see you! I missed you!” she told me on the way to the car.

“Were you worried that Mommy was late and she’d forgotten you?” I asked.

She nodded. Apparently, those two minutes of watching other kids go home with their parents and not having her mother right there produced an epiphany of sorts – she did want to go home with her mommy!

“Mommy, I missed you,” she told me again. Then she paused. “But I didn’t miss Tad,” she informed me quite coolly.

3 Responses to “Ane Speaks – sibling rivarly edition”

  1. Sister Who Needs a New Blog Name
    September 19th, 2007 14:53

    Spoken like a true older sister.

  2. Matthew
    September 20th, 2007 05:12


    Well at least she’s honest.

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