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Wise Thoughts, by Ivan

February 7th, 2020

Mornings are always a challenge. Most parents can probably relate. Coaxing the kids out of bed, urging them to hurry it up getting dressed and packing their lunches and making their beds, checking their pants to make sure they don’t have holes in the butt (cause they refuse to wear underwear…too hot they say. We live in the desert, can’t argue with that one). And then the morning routine inevitably culminates with bickering in or over the bathroom, followed by Ivan taking F O R E V E R to do teeth, face and hair. I like to blast opera music to keep my calm.

This morning was no different. Ivan’s in the bathroom taking F O R E V E R to unscrew the freakin’ cap off the toothpaste tube and squirt some paste on his toothbrush! “Hurry UP!” I command. And he responds with this, ever so sweetly and calm:

Ivan: Mama, what’s your weakness?

Me: Patience.

Ivan: Yep. You are correct. I think that’s Dad’s too.

Me: Yeah, you drive us crazy! Now BRUSH YOUR TEETH ALREADY!

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Mission accomplished.

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