I'm sitting at my desk doing some paperwork. It's a lazy summer morning for the rest of the family…with two exceptions. Lexi and Sophi always seem to wake up early. We always get an early morning visit from Soph, but she is often willing to go play with Lexi while the rest of us try to snooze a little longer. I got up and snuck into my office. I had to sneak because as soon as the little ones know I'm in here, they attack. Sophi, Lexi and Conner love to enter my "personal space" zone. They want to cuddle up to me or give me a hug or hold my hand. Aren't I lucky to have such loving kids? As they approach, they always seem to find a way to disrupt this pile of papers or that computer cord or…you get the idea.
Anyway, I was safely sequestered in a satisfying solitude when in marched Soph! I'm not sure how she knew I was in here. It must be some kind of sick sense or something. (Oops! Sixth sense:) She opened the door with her chin and began a non-stop conversation. Very disconcerting to one who is trying to focus on the task at hand. (You can ask Christi how successful I am at multi-tasking!) I enjoyed our banter for awhile, endured it for a bit, felt my face begin to twitch like I was hearing nails on a chalkboard for a stretch, and finally asked Sophi if she could leave my office and go play with Lexi again. As usual, she completely ignored my request. I asked again. She continued talking to me. "Sophi, can you please go out of my office?" She glanced over my desk and noticed my money clip, which had a $20 bill wrapped around the outside. She got a reflective look on her face and said, "If you give me money I will go out!" She is learning early.
Fortunately, she is still at an age where a simple, "I'll count to three and you need to be out of my office" works wonders ;)