Some Things Never Change

When our girls were little we, like most other parents, worked hard to stress the importance of good manners.  It was very important to us that our children used those small but very important expressions such as please, thank you, you’re welcome and excuse me

Our oldest caught on very quickly.  In fact we are still quite proud of the fact that her first word was “tanku”. (thank you) Our youngest was of the much more common “NO”.  (Interestingly, those first few words says a lot about their personalities, even today)

Our youngest was very good at saying please and thank you.  She just got a little confused as to how and when she should say certain other things. In an effort to please others, she would do something kind and unexpected then beamed as she announced with a huge grin, “You’re welcome for that!”

It didn’t matter that we would tell her she didn’t need to say that, it just seemed the right thing do do for her.  (And really, how can you chastise such an adorable child for being pleased with what she has done for others?)Eventually, she outgrew that phase and politely waited for the recipient to thank her.

This evening, Mimi and I were sharing a spinach salad.  Our girl tossed it and brought my portion to me.  Then she proudly announced that she had given me the larger share.  Before I could say a word, she proclaimed “Wasn’t that nice of me?”. 

Of course we all burst into laughter at her sincere statement as she just looked at us all in confusion.  All the memories of my little girl’s childhood sweetness came flooding back to me. 

In those days when she is displaying just how awful teens can be, I can just easily reach back and remember how sweet and earnest she really is.  Some things never do change…

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0 Responses to Some Things Never Change

  1. Peggy says:

    When George asks for things he started saying “Please may I can I have . . . . ” It was just so cute that we never corrected him. The fact that we didn’t correct him means that he still says things like “Please may I can you get me a drink.” at the age of 14. I love it when bits of them as children pop through unexpectedly.

  2. mjd says:

    Kids…you gotta love ’em. Inside each of us (including teenagers) is the sweet child that we used to be.

  3. Stephanie says:

    That is so cute. I love it when they still do those little things. I forgot sometimes…usually when Kyrin is being a bratty teen. She doesn’t do that very often…but when she does….whoa mama. 🙂

    Oh…and….go buy a pre-lit fake tree!!! You’ll LOVE IT!!! We got ours last year. You can use the 40% off coupons to Michael’s or Ben Franklin. They have the best ones 🙂

  4. giveitatry says:

    That is a sweet story. My oldest is good with manners – the rest not so much.

  5. Hilary says:

    Great post. I love those “bemembering” kidlet tales. 🙂

  6. Aw, so lovely. When I was a nanny I was very pleased when Golla’s first word was ‘tanku’ too! (She definitely learnt that from me… I made it a personal mission!)

  7. gawilli says:

    Tanku for sharing this wonderful remembering with us. My son used to say “Thank me very much”. It was a little sad when he outgrew such things!

  8. mrsgatt says:

    It’s deliciously sweet when we get those whispery glimpses of the baby days.

  9. Cheryl says:

    Very sweet indeed!

  10. tommiea says:

    how sweet…..I can only hope mine will be as pleasant in 10 years or so!

  11. Linda says:

    Doncha just love it when you can peer through the angst, and the rolling eyeballs, and the “oh please” to where they were just plain cuteness? That’s a sweet story!

  12. Linda says:

    Oh, and AMEN sistah, for your Clark Gable love over at Mrs. G’s!