The Kidling has sassy pants. Very, very sassy pants. Whilst wearing the pants of sass, she speaks with sass. Large, heaping servings of sass.
She also has crabby pants, but we try to ensure those are dirty so that she cannot ever wear them.
We were talking recently about the importance of being a good host to her friends. Sharing, allowing them to choose activities, taking turns with toys… The Kidling is an only kidling, so we have to go over these things. A lot. I frequently invoke a favorite Dr. Seuss character, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.
If you don’t know the story, Thidwick offers his horns to a bug asking to bum a ride, then things get out of hand. His mantra throughout the story is “A host has to put up with all kinds of pests. For a host, above all, must be nice to his guests.”
Now, I am not looking to teach The Kidling to be a doormat, but this is a lesson she could stand to hear a few thousand times. So, on that fine day when we were preparing to have a play date, I quoted the good doctor:
The Mama: You’ve been doing such a good job sharing lately, Alice. Just remember a host, above all, must be nice to his guests.
The Alice: Don’t tell it to me. I already know that. Just tell it in your brain, then!
Did someone gift The Kidling with a special pair of sassy crabby pants? I need to go digging for a gift receipt…