So, Rivers likes my Tension Tamer hot tea. (Don't worry; it's caffeine free, and I used Splenda.) This afternoon, after her nap, I was having a cup of tea while we were on the balcony blowing bubbles and playing with her "bike." Rivers kept demanding a "sip" of my tea. Before she took a huge gulp, I told her it was warm, but it wasn't hot. She said, "Warm?", and I nodded. So she got a big gulp, and then looked at me and loudly said, "HOT!" I asked if she thought it was too hot, and her reply was, "Yes, hot." So as I was putting the cup on top of the shelf and out of the way, she said, "More!" I said, "You thought that was too hot, but you want more?" She said, "Yes," and that "yes" was loaded with an incredible amount of "duh." I guess I should have known.
Rivers got in trouble this afternoon. There were stubborn cries and screams and a couple of tiny swats on her rear and more stubborn screams. It was absolutely ridiculous. In hindsight, the whole thing was stupid, but I had already passed the point of backing down and clearly, she wasn't going to either. After all was said and done, I had a sweet, clingy, little girl with a tear-stained face sitting in my lap. I was explaining to her why she had gotten in trouble. As I was talking to her, I think I was saying something like, "It really breaks my heart when you choose not to mind me. When I ask you to do something..." And I never finished the sentence. Because just then, Rivers reached up with both of her hands, pulled my head down and kissed my forehead. She knew I loved her and had already forgiven her behavior...either that or she knew I'd quit talking. I have my doubts which. She's that smart.