Why my daughter is a weirdo

When she was upset and crying, (I forget about what. It was minor.) she tearfully asked, “Do we have any [sniff] tomatoes?”
Tomatoes? The kid wanted tomatoes to calm herself down! Not a hug from Mommy, not her teddy bear or blanket, not even a bar of chocolate or some ice cream like any normal female.
She wanted tomatoes.
My husband picked four tiny red ones from our plant outside. She was instantly consoled. I wish it were that easy for me.
Then, as if that weren’t weird enough, she put the tomatoes in her milk cup and drank/ate them. Like I said, weirdo. Of course, this is also the child who enjoys drinking grape juice and milk. In the same cup.

She also asserts frequently and with great confidence that the last day of this coming summer will be the best day of her life because then she gets to start Kindergarten the next day. Let’s see how long her enjoyment of school lasts, shall we?

And then today, as I was blubbering my way through reading out loud to my oldest, the last pages of the fabulous Newbery Medal-winning book, The Bronze Bow, sniffling loudly, tears streaming down my face, barely holding my voice together, she taped a piece of long thin paper to my face and said, “I’m giving you whiskers!”

Way to gauge the mood, kid.

So, as you see, my daughter is a weirdo… but I still love her. 🙂

In other news, I got word today from our publisher that my co-author and I are a go for publishing our second book*, 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person! That was happy news. (Way better than tomatoes.) So, all you with single, eligible children, or who are single and searching yourself, look forward to this book due out next year! Just try to hold out for it, okay. 😉

*The first book is 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage, in case you didn’t know.

Have your kids done anything weird lately? Do you have any stories of a child being completely oblivious to your mood? Please, do share!

21 responses »

  1. Congrats on the second book! Very exciting.

    Kids can be completely oblivious of our moods. On the other hand, they can often be spot on with them, too, and as such, they’ll do things that seem incongruous with how we’re feeling, but it’s because they’re really trying to cheer us up. Yeah, that sounds good, right?…


  2. The tomatoes look like an example of something I think Wm. Burroughs said about narcotics, which is that their virtue is that whatever they said on the label, that’s what you got: a sure, reproducible experience, produced simply. That’s as opposed to most things in life.

    People are always saying cats are weird, doing the unexpected. People are surprised an animal like that is hard to predict, because they think of that as a human-only attribute. Maybe they think the same of children, that unpredictability or variation from their kind is something only adults exhibit.


  3. Congratulations on the book deal!

    When she is older you need to sign her up for one of those gastro sciency classes. That sort of creativity with food is just what the food industry needs.


  4. Homegrown tomatoes do cure a lot of problems. 😉 I haven’t tried them in milk, but hey, maybe it will be the next big thing in the food world! Haha! My second (Little Man) is also quite the entertainment around our house!


  5. Congratulations, Betsy! Best of luck. And that is indeed a strange request. I was waiting for a punch line or some reasoning as to why it makes perfect sense to ask for tomatoes, but alas, we can attribute it to the wonderful strange things our kids do 😉


  6. Congratulations on Book 2! That I understand. 🙂 As for asking for tomatoes instead of chocolate as a mood lifter, well, they are a healthier choice, right? But maybe not quite as effective as the chocolate!


  7. “The Bronze Bow”! I loved that book as a kid! Also “Calico Captive” and “The Sign of the Beaver”. But my very favorite book by Elizabeth George Speare was “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”. Have you read those ones?


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