This morning Megan was combing her hair in the mirror and as she gazed at herself she said, "Do you think I look like a teenager? Because some teenagers are adults, you know. Some teenagers are 18 and that makes them adults."
"Not really." I replied. "But sometimes when I look at you, I can picture what you are probably going to look like as an adult."
"Really? Who do you think I will look like? Do you think I will look like you?"
"Um, well actually, I think you might end up looking like Aunt Lori."
"YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to be a miniature Aunt Lori. She's so pretty!" Megan yelled a little too excitedly for my taste. I mean, what's wrong with looking like me? I may not be the prettiest person around but I don't think I'm an eyesore by any measure. And it was at this point that I should have reminded myself of one of my cardinal rules- Don't ever ask a question that you really don't want the answer to. But I asked anyway.
"What's wrong with looking like me?"
"Uh well," you could see her trying to back peddle a bit. "She's pretty. Not that you're not but well, she's like, um pretty all the time."
***Note to self: do some self reflection and see if you've been letting yourself go.***
"Mom," Megan continued. "What's Aunt Lori's job again?" At this point, I could see Megan's mind working. She was thinking about how to look like Aunt Lori, dress like Aunt Lori, marry Aunt Lori's husband, Uncle Billy (but that's a whole other story) and to make the life complete, she was now pondering having the same job as Aunt Lori.
"She's a teacher remember? Why, do you think you want to be a teacher?"
"Uh, not really."
So I decided to take another shot at it. My ego was bruised at this point so I was looking for a bit of redemption. If it wasn't going to be my beauty, certainly she may be interested in my brains, right??? "Well, how about if you look like Aunt Lori, but you could have a job just like Mommy?"
Without hesitation, and with a mild bit of panic in her voice at my proposal, Megan said, "NO WAY! Your job is soooooo boring. All you do is type on your computer and say things like, 'Our product is launching, yeah.'"
Gasp, is she mocking me???
She continued, "Oh and you also say stuff like, 'SHHHHHH, can't you see I'm on the phone?'"
Okay- now I officially feel like a loser.