So CPA Boy (oldest son) says: “Mom there’s a cookie exchange at work, and I consider this a contest that I must win.”
“Um…CPA Boy a cookie exchange is not a contest.”
“It’s totally a contest.”
Right. He’s so like his dad. Not me, I’m not at all competitive. “And you’re telling me this because…?”
“Can you bake extra cookies so I can claim them as my own and win?”
“I’m not baking a lot of cookies this year.” I’m being tough this year, drawing lines, doing less…and I’M NOT COMPETITIVE.
“Oh. Well that’s okay mom. Don’t worry about it. It’s just a cookie exchange.” And we started talking about other things.
Fast forward a couple days to the family party where I handed him a big Tupperware filled with cookies. I carefully labeled it “CPA Boy, the big cheater.”
CPA Boys eyes lit up. “What’s this?”
“You said you weren’t baking this year.”
“But you asked and I can’t seem to help myself. Are you REALLY going to take credit for my cookies?”
He nods. “One hundred percent.”
“You’re a cheater, you know that. I wrote it on the tag. See?”
“I’m going to cross out cheater.”
I laughed. “You suck at cheating.”
“You suck at saying no. And you’re helping your son cheat.”
Dang, he has a point. So I poured some wine and contemplated what a bad mom I am. But he totally better win that contest…uh…cookies exchange.
In all honesty, it really is a cookie exchange, and I’ve met his smart coworkers–not one of them will believe he baked those cookies The truth is I did it for him because my kids rarely ask me for anything. And…I suck at saying no.
I want to take a moment to wish you all have a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays! I wish for each of you a truly special time with family and friends. You all have made my life better, sharing smiles and joy and I truly appreciate all of you.
I’m going to take a week off from the blog, but will check in next week.