I had another awesome Mom moment the other day. It was one of those when I screamed in my six-year-olds face and made him cry. He had hit his sister for the umpteenth time and I was done with it. That's not something I tolerate. So I spanked him and screamed at him to get outside. Telling him to go outside was for his own sake - he needed to be away from me.
So of course as it
always happens, I felt terrible. I went to look for him so I
could tell him that I was sorry for screaming at him, while explaining
how wrong it is to hit his sister. ( I get that I did the whole "don't
hit" and then spanked him. For some reason it works though. I also do the
whole: "STOP YELLING!!!!")
Anyway I went looking for
Cameron and heard some sounds coming from the tool shed. The shed is a gross,
old, dirty, spider-filled place that houses tools and what not. I found
Cameron sitting on an old lawn chair pad. He had pulled over a big, square
piece of scrap wood and had it in front of him. On the wood was a spool
of wire, some scissors (wire cutters) and a rubber mallet. I watched as
Cameron went about busily cutting the wire, straightening it out
with the mallet, and then forming it afterward into different shapes.
Smiling, I announced my presence and asked him what he was doing.
His reply: "Oh, this is just where I come to do my work."
He then came over to me and told me to hold out my finger. Afterward he fitted a wire ring onto it complete with a "diamond."
I love that kid. There was no anger and no hurt feelings. I apologized and gave him a hug while ohhing and ahhing over my ring.
Later I told my husband what had happened.
made me mad today so I told him to get out of the house. He left and then he promptly went to work making me a diamond
ring. That's the smartest boy in the entire world."