That, I don’t have!
“I didn’t have patience…until I had children”
How often do we hear that?
Buying the twinions a fossil digging kit each, that great virtuous trait was tested yet again.
What was supposed to be a fun indoors activity to break the boredom from the rainy weather, initially brought tears and tantrums.
Then, the boys started getting upset.
Seriously though, despite the boxes marked “For ages 6 +”, it’s missing a vital disclaimer for parents to take deep breaths in preparation for the endless obligatory hammering and flying fine pieces of rock.
I started doing a couple of taps into the stubborn mould when the impatient wails started:
“Waaaahhh!!! I wanna find the paleontologist! Mama! Where’s the paleontologist???!!! It’s NOT THERE!!!”
The assertive mother in me could’ve corrected them to say that they were in fact digging for ‘fossils’. Then ironically, reasoning took over reminding me that no amount of reasoning would help calm them down. Besides, I think I was too impressed by their ability to now pick up 6 syllabic words: Pal-e-on-to-lo-gist.
There was no other choice but to just keep digging.
Keep. Digging. Damnit.
Almost two hours later we finally came across our first (synthetic) bone. Yee friggin’ ha!
As I tried to appease my little boys, risking repetitive strain injury due to the constant hammering, it became very clear to me that palaeontology was a very boring science, if a science at all.
There. I said it. Let the Ross Gellars of this world strike me down with the gigantic foot of a diplodocus.
You watch. While dinosaurs are extinct and have no chance of getting me, I know karma will.
One day, the boys will come home not wanting to be something cool like a rock star or a back up dancer for Selma Gomez (or whoever the cutie diva will be at that time) but instead have aspirations and dreams to dig bones.
Whoever said having patience pays off, have yet to buy a fossil finding kits for dinosaur obsessed twinions.
How has this parenting gig taught you patience? Did you have much of it pre-children? What do your children aspire to be at the moment?
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