My view for 8 hours a day

This morning Ellie meticulously picked all of the raisins out of her Raisin Bran and then refused to eat any more. I told her she had to eat the bran part too, you can’t just eat the good parts and leave the rest behind. Then she stole all of the raisins out of MY bowl of Raisin Bran, and I wasn’t feeling too enthusiastic about eating just bran, so I guess I see her point.

Before Ellie came along, I worked for several years in the insurance industry, then for several years from home as a freelance copywriter. Now I stay at home with Ellie and do some writing on a part-time basis. I sometimes think back to my days working in the insurance mines, and I wonder if staying at home with Ellie and trying to balance part-time work on top of that is better or worse. Mostly I think it’s just wildly different, so much so that it’s really hard to compare. I do know, however, that I never had any conversations like this with any of my coworkers. (By way of background, I should tell you that we’ve been working with Ellie on manners, and she’s really good at “thank-you” but often needs to be reminded to say “please”, and the way we do that is by asking, “What do you say?” after she makes her demand, and she has consequently interpreted that to mean that any question starting with “what” needs to be answered with “please”. It makes communicating … complicated.)

Ellie: Snack!

Me: What do you say?

Ellie: Snack pwease!

Me: What do you want for snack?

Ellie: Snack PWEASE.

Me: Yes, okay, hmm. Do you want the rest of your smoothie from this morning?

Ellie: No.

Me: Do you want some yogurt?

Ellie: No.

Me: Cheese?

Ellie: No.

Me: Strawberries?

Ellie: No.

(a moment or two elapses while I try to remember what other food we have in the house)

Ellie: Snaaaaaaaack.

Me: But WHAT do you WANT for snack?

Ellie: Snack PWEASE.

Me: Do you want a granola bar?

Ellie: Yeah! Okay!

And then she only ate two bites of the granola bar, which I finished while sitting morosely on the couch in front of an episode of Thomas the Tank Engine.