She is normally really sweet natured, but the last few days she has expressed a few sassy sides…
Today as we returned home after Lilly’s dentist appointment, I gathered all our stuff from the trunk of the car. As we were walking towards the house, Lilly demanded her pencil back. She got to pick two prizes for being such a good girl at the dentist. The dentist had a big box of prizes, and of all the things there Lilly picked two pencils (as if we don’t have enough of them at home). She was kind enough to let Leah have one of them while we were in the car, but as we got out she demanded it back.
My mum tried to convince her to let Leah keep it, but I went against it. Lilly got them because she was such a good girl while at the dentist. I know Leah got jealous, and she even pretended to fall over as we left her office just so that I had to take her back.
Why should Lilly be forced to give up her prize simply because she has a twin sister? Life isn’t always fair, and I just sort of wanted this to be a “lesson”. Next time it might be Leah getting a prize while Lilly have to watch in ave. I even thought about asking the dentist for a prize for Leah as we left, but thought against it. What would be Leah’s lesson from that…
So Leah had a big tantrum as we exited the car. She stamped her feet and yelled:
“I am not coming home with you guys. I am staying here all night!”
We were just about to cross the road, and I simply told her that I would miss her tremendously if she didn’t came home with me. Her reply was:
“I don’t care!”
I kept on urging her to join me. Promised to look for something for her to have when we got inside, tried to tell her that she would be pretty cold if she chose to spend the night outside. I asked her to cross the road with me, and since she is pretty scared of moving cars, she agreed. But I couldn’t get her to walk up the pathway to our house. I even asked her if she wanted me to go inside and fetch her some warm cloths so that she wouldn’t get cold during the night. She declined every single one of my offers.
I just left her there and sat outside in the sun waiting for her to change her mind. I could see her sneaking up towards the house, but the minute either of us acknowledged her, she spun around and ran back down.
At one point she came all the way up because she had found a pacifier in a bush. She came to show it to me. Out of spite I had to ask her if she was done being angry with us. Her response was immediate:
“NO”, but she couldn’t hide her smile. She ran back down again to the very beginning of the pathway.
We all got really tired of this game. So I asked Lilly if she would consider going down and offer one of the pencils to Leah if she agreed to come join us. Lilly went down and came back up with Leah but still holding on to both pencils. So I asked Lilly if Leah had refused her offer. Lilly’s answer puzzled me:
“I told her that she could have it as soon as she came home with me.”
My clever little girl. As they reached the top of the pathway and entered our garden, Lilly handed over the pencil.
Things take time…often much more then one expect!