i wish you could see her when she's indignant. feet planted wide, hands on hips, eyes wide & flashing, tilting her entire being toward you in the passion of her argument. it's all i can do not to laugh out loud - she gets really pissed off when i laugh.
most recently this happened after i finally broke down to parental cliches and said, "you are going to have to learn that the world does not revolve around you."
this stopped her for only a moment before she "assumed the position" and spat out the words, "are you trying to tell me the world revolves around grown ups?!"
you can see why i have a hard time not laughing.
"well, yes. as a matter of fact it does revolve around grown ups."
"that's not right, either, because God made everyone equal!" oh, if only you could see the righteous fury in her eyes!
biting my cheeks not to grin, "true - he did. it's not that you aren't equal, meg. it's that you are still learning. you don't yet know everything you need to know to be counted as a grown up."
if she tilts any farther forward i swear she will fall over. " i know everything i need to know!"
"really? are you going to pay the bills? get the groceries? make dinner? make decisions about our immigration?"
"i can do all those things!" but her tilt is a little less vigorous.
finally, i couldn't hold it in. i laughed. and, oh, was she angry! someday her passion and willingness to argue her case will change the world for the better - when she's sitting on the supreme court, or petitioning for aid for developing nations. but right now, she's only 9, and i don't care what she says. the world does not revolve around her. it revolves around me. ;)