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So Like Dad

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My husband Bryan has always been a conscientious objector. Not so much in the political way, but more in that he just likes to do things differently than everyone else. Everyone says yes? He says no. They turn right, he goes off the path entirely and finds a whole new route. At first, it was unsettling and almost made me walk away from the relationship. But I came to realize that someone who thinks a little differently than the crowd is a force to be reckoned with. And certainly *never* boring.

Enter Declan. At nearly 6, he is absolutely a mix of both of us. Both physically and emotionally.

But he never was more like his father on this day, a few weeks ago, when Bryan picked him up from summer camp.

Declan: “We were all playing Animal Club again today.” [He and his friends had been doing “Animal Club” for about a week, where each kid was a different animal, assigned by their leader, who – as Declan described it – seemed to be very much LARGE AND IN CHARGE.]

Bryan: “Oh yeah? How was it?”

Declan: “Not so good. I got kicked out of the club.”

Bryan: “Oh really? Why?”

Declan: “Well… I got tired of being ordered around so I started purposely doing everything wrong to make the Animal Club Leader mad, so she would kick me out.”

Bryan: [sniffing back the fake tears] “That’s my boy!”

I can only imagine what the teen years will be like.

Author: Aimee

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  • comment avatar Beth Blair August 12, 2008

    Darling! Yes, the teen years will be interesting. 🙂

  • comment avatar Megan August 12, 2008

    What a cute story.

  • comment avatar monstergirlee August 12, 2008

    Awesome logic.
    I think my DS was the animal club leader, he likes to tell othe kids what to play. oh oh…

  • comment avatar carrie August 12, 2008

    Good for him! An original thinker-I like it!

    My son is the independent and my daughter is the bossy one! I’m sure I’ll be making apologies for her!!

  • comment avatar chloebear August 12, 2008

    Wow – good for him for standing up for himself. I remember how I used to feel about being ordered around! Actually, I still feel that way!

  • comment avatar Jenny, bloggess August 12, 2008

    Ha! I love a rebel.

  • comment avatar Lawyer Mama August 12, 2008

    LOL! Way to go, Declan!

  • comment avatar Carrie August 12, 2008

    Good for him, thinking outside of the box like that!

  • comment avatar jen August 12, 2008

    Yeah, sounds like my kid. God help me when he’s a teenager. Actually, God help me when they’re both teenagers. One will drive me mad and the other will eat me out of house and home! 😉

  • comment avatar Brillig August 12, 2008

    Haha. That rocks! Way to go, kid!