Monday, May 19, 2008

Repeat After Me!

I am sure most of you who are mothers (or fathers) go through this—having your mother come out of your mouth!

I find this happening more often now that Hooty’s no longer a ‘baby’ and tend to do things that make me…um…mad. And oh boy! There goes me scolding her in the exact same words my mother used that it scares me, because I remember thinking that no way am I going to say these things to my child when I have a baby of my own.

Just last week I found myself saying all of the following: (they are in our native language, Singhala – I’ve tried to translate as closely as possible.)

“Ayyo! Dahasarayak kiyanna epa me lamayata ahanna.” (Oh No! I have to say something ten times for this child to listen to me.)

“Ke sarayak kiyanna oneda oyata?” (Just how many times do I have to tell you?)

“Kochchara kiwwath ahannane. Epa kiyana eka karalamai nawathinne.” (No matter how much I say not to do something, she will end up doing it.)

And it makes me understand what my poor mother went through, the frustration of trying to get your child to listen to you. But it makes me smile too when I think that indeed what goes around comes around ;o)

And I am sure Hooty too will repeat the same things to her kids...and I plan to look on and thoroughly enjoy my self at her expense!!

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