Me: Lulu, do you want a yoghurt with your lunch today?
Lulu : (looks at me and wrinkles her nose while smiling slightly) Not today Mom, thanks though.
Lulu: You know Mom sometimes the yoghurts spurts a bit when I open it. And sometimes it messes a bit on the floor at school. And its really embarrasing because the big kids come past and say 'Who did this?' I just wait til they go away and then I run to the bathroom and get some loo paper and wipe it up.
She told me this story quite nonchalantly, she isnt traumatised or upset. It is what it is. I cant remember what I said to her in response but it was something good and affirming blah blah BUT it the conversation has stewed in my brain this morning.
Do you remember your school days? Anything specific that sticks in your mind?
I vividly remember, after being teased relentlessly by a Grade 7 girl (i was in Gr 5) saying to her:
"you think you are so sophisticated"
but I had just got braces fitted and I fluffed the word 'sophisticated' and until the end of that year, whenever she saw me, she would taunt me with "oh here comes Miss sofith-sofith-sofithiscasted"!
Almost 29 years later I still remember that defining moment in my life.