Love it or hate it, but our children are invariably a reflection of ourselves. Not just our physical features but our habits, views, manners and mannerisms. They’re the best of us and the worst of us. Through our children we learn things about ourselves we never knew, including how stinking annoying our habits can be when turned around on us.
Case in point, Brecken has taken to responding to all forms of verbal communication with a single word. Believe it or not, it is not the NO word, almost worse in my mind really though, it is “WHAT”. Not only does he say this single syllable word loudly, it’s as if he saves all of his enunciation skills for this one word, which he even manages to use while giving you this blank sort of stare that says oh you’re talking to me, even though I’m two feet away from you I’m going to pretend I didn’t hear you and say “WHAT”. It’s my go to word, the one when I use when I’m upstairs and he’s yelling at me from the main floor or when my husband says something and since I have awful hearing I didn’t quite catch all of it. While admittedly I use it much more sparingly than Brecken who has taken to saying it something like 234 times a day, I now realize how completely annoying it can be when not truly needed, because I just want to shove his little “what” which he’ll repeat multiple times over after you’ve repeated yourself 7 times down his throat and scream YOU HEARD ME at him. Instead I just swallow my angst which will probably lead to years of therapy for all of us and smile and say “Buddy you heard me now let me help you get some crackers.”