Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Big One

Maddie is going through a stage right now. It's the I'm right, you're wrong, I'm going to argue about everything with you, not listen, and disobey at every opportunity- stage. Most of the times she does really well, but when she gets in one of her moods, watch out.

We went to our church's picnic today. It was at an awesome park and was the perfect day for it. BBQ, potato salad, baked beans, and sweet tea.

After we ate and visited with friends, Maddie was hot and sweaty from playing on the inflatables, so we decided to walk to the river. It is really shallow, and lots of kids were playing in it.

We kicked off our shoes and started to walk on the rocks.

"We saw a snake." A little girl said. Justin and I thought she must have meant a tadpole or that she saw a snake at a different time. In a different river.

We kept walking. The rocks were slippery and I was having a hard time holding onto Maddie's hand. I told her that we needed to head back to the picnic.

"But I wanna see the snake!" She whined.

"There isn't a snake." I replied.

A voice came from behind me, "Actually, it came out a few minutes ago and went back under that rock." It was the girl's dad. OMG GETOUTOFTHEWATER!

Maddie wanted to see the snake. I wasn't having it.

She took a step back into the river.

"Maddie- if you take another step, we have to leave the picnic."

The stinker took two steps. Right onto the rock where the snake was supposedly hiding.

I picked her up- screaming and crying- and we started saying our goodbyes and gathering our stuff.

She claimed that she forgot. Yeah- in the two seconds after I told you not to do it.

She claimed that it was an accident. I'm sure it was, now that you know we are leaving.

She cried. She whined. And, when we were almost to the car, she told the biggest lie that I think she's ever told. . .

"Mommy? Do you know the real reason I disobeyed you?" Finally- she's going to admit that she just wanted to keep having fun and maybe see the snake. I can work with that.

"Why?"

"Well- I was hot and sweaty. I was ready to go home."

I sincerely hope that that's not the truth.

If it is, I walked right into her trap and she got just what she wanted.

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10 comments:

noble pig said...

She is so good. You are going to need to be four steps ahead of her at all times.

My first born is also the know it all of the family. It's fun isn't it?

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Oooh, what a smart girl!
I love the "I forgot" excuse. I get that a lot.

Jessica said...

Gotta love it when they're sassy! I'm sorry that you had to leave the picnic but yay for you that you stood your ground and took her home! We just talked about that in SS yesterday that removing them from the situation is the best thing even though it sometimes ruins our plans b/c it shows the child that you are in control and that you mean business!

Sarah O. said...

Your girl's got spirit! Which can be soooo hard. But I know you're secretly proud of her for it. ;-)

MommyTime said...

Wow, she is super smart! I'm glad you got her out of the river pre-snake sighting though.

Jenni said...

Oh, she is such a stinker! A smart stinker!

Wendi said...

Look out Mama, she has got your number!
Please don't let her meet my four-year-old.
Together they could send us to a place where the walls are padded and the people wear white jackets.
I am just saying.

Amy said...

Ooh, watch out for that girl! She is brilliant!

Bren said...

My little guy's favorite excuse is "It was an accident."

I doubt she was really ready to go but she had to say something to make it appear you didn't win.

Rachel said...

I love her. :-)
You are in so much trouble my darlin' one!!

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