What mum wouldn’t feel loved when she wakes up in the morning to some imaginary ‘co-hee (coffee)‘ in a hollow cardboard block?
“Very good?“, she asks me, turning back at the door.
“Very good!“, I agree.
With my morning cuppa in one hand and the coffee-in-a-stack-a-block in the other, I got thinking of some of the things that my daughter has learnt by watching her dad.
I came up with this list:
- Make tea for mama. (Yeah, I’m lucky that way)
- Moisturize mama’s legs. She saw him do it once and is now happy to ‘help’ me every time.
- Exercise. He’s always doing planks or push-ups when he has 30 seconds to spare. She does her version of it.
- Sings while working. Sings pretty well too, just like dad. She recognizes songs from the music. (I’ll be damned if I can do either!)
- Says “Sorry” instead of “Excuse Me”. She pushes me aside as she does that, instead of waiting for me to make way for her. Exactly how he does it!
- Yells out to mama as soon as she steps out of the shower. I bet the neighbours hear it too.
- If she’s told we’re going out, she’s ready within 5 minutes and waiting at the door. Two minutes later, she’s bringing my shoes to wherever I am. She doesn’t get why I have a heap of things to do before leaving.
- Loves attention. “Ammamma (grandma)!“, she yells if she catches my mum watching the telly while on Skype with her.
- OCD. Obsessive about everything – mama’s phone for mama only, dada can only sit on dada’s chair…
- Loves books. She loves reading and she remembers when we tell her stories from the book. Just once is all it takes.
I lie. I didn’t come up with the entire list by myself, while drinking my morning tea. It was harder than I thought, so her dad helped me finish it. We got side-tracked with other things half a dozen times along the way. Guess who else does that?