I’ll bet any Mom readers out there have undoubtedly heard (or even entered) the debate about whether or not to tell your children the “real truth” or to give a white lie here and there. Little white lies such as “Wow! GREAT job, honey!” when they hit a ball off a T and it dribbles two inches from home plate. Or, “NO, your ears aren’t too big” as you struggle to find a hat that fits. Or even “That spaceship/hot lava/invisible spider picture you drew is sooooo good!”
Regardless of the truth in the matter, one should certainly always encourage a child’s creativity, no? Clearly, we show plenty of enthusiasm around here for the things our boys proudly bring home from school. We hang things up in the kitchen, wear our handmade necklaces like Cartier, take pictures and email their masterpieces around to relatives, take videos of sing-alongs and praise, praise, praise.
But, today we have an issue. Big Brother came home with four lovingly handmade bracelets.
“For you, Mom” — I’m easy.
“For Little Brother” — Thoroughly delighted when Big Brother so much as glances his direction, Little Brother squealed with joy at the bracelet presentation and has now commenced napping with it tucked beneath his covers.
“For Daddy” — It awaits Dad’s homecoming at the front door. Dad, not much of a jewelry wearer, will slip it right on his wrist with a smile and an enthusiastic pat on the back for his son, the artiste.
The fourth, however, has created a bit of a situation. Because Bernie, in all his brilliant yellow lab-ness, is totally confused. And, Big Brother just continues to follow Bernie around — presenting his gift over and over again in hopes that Bernie will….what exactly? Who knows. But the dog best come up with something soon or this bracelet’s going to be served up with his Purina One tonight.