Gabi, now four, is becoming quite the little smart-ass.
And, seriously? This is one of the most fun stages of her development ever!
Last night we headed to the store for some chicken sausage, and on the way we had a very interesting conversation about, well, about something I don't remember. But it was a fun conversation, and I remember that we were having a good time.
And then Gabi piped up from the backseat, "Now you be quiet now, you hear?" in the very same tone I use when I'm scolding her.
I turned back in shock to see her face full of mischief. Which, upon seeing me, immediately started to twist into nervous apprehension. I could see her brain working, and she wasn't painting a very pretty picture for herself.
Normally I would scold her if she used that kind of tone with me or tried to boss me. I am the mother, you know. But this time? I couldn't help myself. I busted out in laughter.
Now it was Gabi's turn to be shocked, but she soon joined in the laughing fit (I'm sure quite relieved at the direction things had gone). And we laughed all the way to the store, and then some more in the parking lot.
As we sat there laughing, and realized if anyone was looking, all they would see was some crazy woman laughing her head off all alone in the front seat of her car. All of my back windows are tinted, and Gabi was hidden from view.
It was totally worth it, even though my sanity's reputation is already on the line. And made me realize how much more we need to laugh together. It felt so good.
I'm hoping that Gabi's new smart-assness is really just the beginning stages of a sharp and witty sense of humor. Wouldn't that be awesome?
Well, a mom can hope, right?