Monday, February 8, 2010

The psychosis of my daughters

I absolutely love my sassy, creative, full of life daughters. Every single one of them. But at times even though we share the same chromosome structure and half the same DNA, I just don't get them. I don't mean to make light of psychological problems and disorders because I know they are real, but it is the only way to underscore how irrational they can be at times.
We, like most families with mutiple children, have had our fair share of ridiculous arguments in our house. Things like who has the most juice or whose turn it is to set the table or who knows the most Isaacs- (yes, this was a real discussion in our house because we know several Isaacs between friends, family and brothers of friends). Our latest ridiculous argument was between Annie and Katie the other night about this:

Yes, a chair and not about what you would think- not whose turn it was to sit in it. I had put the girls to bed. In the time it took me to go upstairs WW III had broken out. I heard wails, screams and gnashing of teeth that would have made the "Wild Things" jealous. By the time I got back downstairs Eric was desperately trying to figure out what was causing such a ruckus. This is how the conversation went:
Eric: "So you want the chair like this?"
Katie:"Yes, that is how I like it."
Annie:"NOOOOO! I don't like it like that!"
Eric to Annie: "So, you want to look like this?" (Eric turns chair.)
Annie (between sobs): "YES! That's the way I want it."
Katie:"No! She always has it that way and I want it the other way." (Eric turns the chair again and the conversation pretty much repeats itself.)
At this point Eric looks at me with a "They're your daughters" look. To which I just turn away and let him handle it because I have a strict clause in my motherhood contract that says I punch out at 9 pm. Unless someone needs a drink of water or is throwing up or having a bad dream or is sleep-walking- which Annie did a few nights ago- or I have tooth-fairy duty or someone suddenly remembers homework they didn't do or several other possibilities. BUT I do NOT deal with arguing over the position of a chair when I have been on duty for over 14 hours. So just to recap here is how Annie wanted the chair:

And here is how Katie wanted the chair:

Can you see the difference? Yeah... me or Eric either! When Eric came upstairs I asked him how he handled it. He said he put it the way Annie wanted it and told Katie to get over it and go to sleep. Sounds like perfectly reasonable parenting to me at 9:30 at night!

14 comments:

amberjill said...

hmmm...I'm with Katie! That looks totally off! Sorry you got this one wrong! I'm sure it'll come out of your wallet when Katie needs therapy in a few years. After all, Katie's positioning of the chair was more correct! :)

Natalie said...

Oh goodness Missy! Wow, that's all I have to say. That is funny. "Sun goes up!" "No! Sun goes down!"

Liz said...

That is so reminiscent of the "who can touch the ceiling or the car" incident yesterday. Honestly, how do we do it?

BTW... April 22-25 is the weekend we are going. KJ might even come. Really hope you can, but understand if you can't!

Stacey said...

It is a good think Charlotte doesn't have sisters, because I can SO imagine her fighting out a similar battle... But I do LOVE your philosophy of punching out at 9pm. I need to do that!

Amy said...

Oh Kari, how can you even suggest that there is not a HUGE difference in the positioning of the chair? Clearly, I can see how a passionate debate arose...

Julie said...

I am dying...so so so funny....and you gotta draw the line somewhere right....after throw-up, homework, water, etc.

Julie said...

Ok...so I just read your post to Trent and he thanked Jaxynn for not being so difficult. lololol. I also looked closer at the pictures....are you sure you didn't switch them. Because Annie wants her chair facing towards Katie's picture and visa versa. Either you posted the wrong pictures OR you girls are just very passionate about how much they love each other.

Liz said...

As an outside observer, I think that you ought to ask Finn what he thinks and go with that. As an older brother, I am sure he will come up with a way to make both girls equally angry and therefore leave both parents on the girls good side...works everytime. (You so crack me up:)

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The Powells said...

I remember Trena & I fighting over ridiculous things. I guess everyone has to hold their ground occasionally.

Wood Family said...

oh look...chinese friend made another comment:) This is a very good illustration of why "someone" knew I couldn't handle girls- although very, very funny when it happens to my sister:)

SevenVillageIdiarts said...

Who cares about the chair position, I really like the color. And I like your cooking blog. I will attempt to make the Brulee for Damian, it's his favorite. . .did you taste it on his lips, back in '93? ha, ha.

Monica said...

I know how you feel Kari. doing the mommy thing sometimes is exhausting. There is a slight difference but not to get upset about. How have you been? Our blog is open now if you are still interested in viewing. thesixhaymores.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

It's scary how familiar that argument sounds...from my own childhood!