It was last weekend my eight year old son came home and said the dreaded word no mother wants to hear.
“Margaret is calling me tonight and we are going to meet in the Club Penguin chat room for a date.”
I looked at him and blanched.
“You know that you are only allowed on the computer for forty minutes a day. Did you want save your computer time for this?”
He looked at me like I had said the dumbest thing in the world.
“Yes! Mom! Yes!”
He spent the whole weekend waiting for this girl to phone. I was relieved when she didn’t, and wondered if I called boys when I was eight? It seemed so long ago. He went back to school Monday and seemed to have forgotten the Club Penguin Chat Room date. I let out a sigh of a relief and was happy that my eight year old was not dating.
Unfortunately, he came home this afternoon, and declared she would call him tonight! They would have their date. I looked at him and said, “Sweetie, you know she might not call!”
“She will call mom! The reason she didn’t this weekend was because she was cutting her stuffed animals hair!”
I thought to myself the excuses we make begin early. But I couldn’t help to laugh! I might even use that line the next time I have some odious task that I do not want to complete. I then ushered him out the door.
“Maybe, you should go outside and play!”
“Okay, but can I take the phone out?”
“Fine, take it with you.”
I watched my little eight year old from the kitchen as he jumped on his mega bouncer, clutching the phone waiting for it to ring. But it didn’t. He came inside for a snack and forgot about the phone. He then went back out to play.
It was at that moment the phone rang. It was her! I knew I could answer it and let him have his Club Penguin Date. I would be the Mom that saved the day! But I realized at that moment I was that possessive mother that will chase all of the girls away! I looked at him happily playing in the Mega Bouncer, thought to myself dates can wait, and I didn’t pick up the phone.
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga