My kids watched me do a new yoga workout today. I lost my balance at one point, and a child who shall remain nameless said, laughingly, “Mom! You can’t do it.”
Lesson #1: Your mom is a person. With feelings. It is OK that you don’t know this; I spent the first couple of years of your life making sure you knew I was there for you no matter what, no matter when. You had to know that, first and foremost, and now we will move on to the subtler lessons, like the difference between being sure of someone and taking someone for granted.
Lesson #2: When you try new things, you are probably going to screw up.
Lesson #3: That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try new things, and it doesn’t mean you should quit.
Lesson #4: I’m your mom, and you should respect me just for that. And you should treat me with respect because … that’s what good people do. But also, look at me. My feelings were hurt, I was embarrassed, and honestly, that shit was hard, and I didn’t quit. In 10 years, when you think of this, remember that, and respect me because I earned it.