I’m sure all parents wonder if the numerous things we try to drill into our kids are actually sinking in. I’ve wondered that many times and, based on some of the ways I see them act at times, I feel I’m pretty justified! Thankfully, there are some areas where I KNOW the information is getting through. On our way to Trader Joe’s the other day, Berkeley and I had this little conversation:
B: Why is that woman smoking? It’s so bad for her!
me: I know, she made a bad choice, didn’t she?
B: Yeah, and now her body keeps telling her to keep smoking and smoking and she can’t stop even though she might want to!
B: I always cover my mouth when I walk by someone who smokes cuz I don’t like breathing it.
me: Yeah, if you breathe that in too much, it can make YOUR body get sick too.
B: OH! I was thinking that, but I wasn’t sure. So then you’d be running around looking for me going, “Where’s Berkeley? Where’s Berkeley? Oh, there she is on the sidewalk. She’s dead.”
Oh, that Berkeley! She can test my patience in ways I could never imagine, but also makes me laugh so hard that she tests my bladder!