I like to think of myself as "advanced" and "mature" but sometimes, I've just got to be egotistical and petty.
Yesterday, a friend of mine came by my house. We were visiting and I wanted her to see Annika's new skill: knowing her colors. "Watch this!" I said and I began pointing at things and Annika accurately said the color. She knows yellow, red, pink (a favorite), white, blue, green, purple (another favorite), black and brown.
"Yea," my friend said, "isn't Allison great?"
What, I thought, who is Allison and what does she have to do with Annika knowing her colors?
"I wish," my friend went on, "that she had be the Nursery Leader when my son was in Nursery*."
You're kidding me, I thought, you are seriously going to give credit to a nursery worker who sees my child max 2 hours a week, but often as little as 6 hours a month due to illnesses picked up in nursery.
Can't I get some credit here!
I am with her all day everyday. Wendell and I have been drilling her...I mean teaching Annika her colors for months. Sure, my mom and Allison reaffirm what Wendell and I are teaching her, but neither of them are with Annika the amount of time Wendell and I are.
Annika isn't even 2 yet and she knows her colors!!! Sure, I should deflect credit and say it's a God-given talent, but IF I'm deflecting credit, I'm certainly NOT deflecting it to the nursery worker.
So I got show-offy and said, "Ooo, here's something else Annika can do. Come here, Sweetie. Where's the letter O in this word?"
"Right there," Annika said pointing to the "O" on our basketball standard.
"Can you touch it?" I asked. I didn't want for there to be any mistake. Annika knows the letter O.
"Yea-ah," she said in her squeaky almost two-year-old voice. And touched the O. My friend gasped.
"Yea," I said nonchalantly, "she's learning the letter A, too, but she doesn't get it right all the time, but we're working on it."
There. You can't credit Allison with that one.
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(*Mormon 101: Children ages 18 months to 3-years-old attend Nursery for about 2 hours of church, allowing their parents to attend Sunday School and Priesthood or Relief Society meetings for that time. The children play with toys, sing songs, are taught simple lessons about Jesus and being nice, etc. as well as fed a snack.)