Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sometimes it's hard to share

Megan: A kid in my class was telling me his birthday is the same day as Mother's Day.
Me: Oh really?
Megan: Uh huh. And he said he didn't like it because he didn't like having to share the holiday. I told him I could totally relate to that.
Me: What do you mean?
Megan: Well, my birthday is on Father's Day. FATHER'S DAY! I don't like that!
Me: Why not?
Megan: Because I have to share the day with him. Ugh!!! And by the way, as far as I can tell, I'll never be a father so I shouldn't have to celebrate on Father's Day.
Me: Think about how your dad feels.
Megan: Huh?
Me: I mean, think about it from his perspective. He's got to share his holiday with you. And seriously? If I was him I'd be bummed out. I'm sure he thinks your birthday will pretty much trump any Father's Day celebration we have planned.
Megan:...
Me:...
Megan (softly): Oh...

...And scene. Empathy teaching moment complete.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Empathy....so important in life....not so fun to learn. You're a good mom to seize those teachable moments. M

bernthis said...

I'm stopping by to say hello! I haven't 'seen' you in a while! I hope you are doing well.

Great moment there. It's so true. the kid's birthday always trumps anything.

My kid was born 13 days after my birthday and she still steals my thunder