Two Words I Can’t Stop Saying
A couple of years ago, I had an epiphany. Saying hurry up does not in fact make a child move faster. Neither does, quickly please, hurry-hurry, or another favorite…come on! I wouldn’t be surprised if statistics show this actually slows a child down.
As I said, I discovered this two years or more ago. Wow, I thought. This really doesn’t help. In fact, it just annoys the kids and might even raise my blood pressure. I’m going to have to stop saying this all the time. Something like, ‘please be in the car in two minutes’ would be much more effective.
Fortunately, our life has slowed considerably down from our chaotic, over-filled days. Yet, I continue with the ‘hurry hurry’ on a regular basis. Just yesterday, we were leaving for a doctor appointment, and I must have said it nineteen times.
Why do I keep saying this when I know it doesn’t help? Frustration, perhaps. Inability to properly express myself? Lack of sufficient preparation the night before? Maybe it’s just plain old Mommy brain!
I’m reminded of something my step-dad Randy used to say to me when I was a sixteen year old new driver, backing down our long driveway in my little Pinto. “Have fun and be careful!” He would call out. And without fail, I would respond with a wicked grin, “Can’t do both!” Yeah I know what a horrible brat I was. I can still see him shaking his head, hand on forehead, poor guy.
Back to today, or yesterday. The hurry up thing. Maybe I am being paid back for all the grief I gave my parents. Or maybe, (and this sounds a whole lot better) I am just part of a beautiful group of people called parents, who, in spite themselves, just can’t stop saying things they know don’t help.
Things like…Hurry up! Be careful! Drive safe! Am I just being cynical or does anyone actually drive safer because someone told them to? I don’t know, but I still say it to my hubby every morning, just in case.
What pointless things do you find yourself saying? Tell me, really. I need to know I’m not alone.