1. Oh my god I’m cracking up! I am like this too. Loved being inside your brain. Isn’t funny how your kid’s teachers can make you feel so neurotic? Or maybe not funny. Hoping Grampy’s trick sticks.

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Her teacher is so sweet and nice – I feel like she would give great advice if I had the balls to ask her what I should do.

  2. My 4 year old also struggles to zip her coat, but her teachers actually do help the kids and don’t even seem to mind. However, my now kindergartner had a completely different teacher last year and we were told at the beginning of the school year last year (pre-school mind you) that the kids needed to know how to zip or button their own coats. It was crazy in my opinion, because again they were only 4 years old. Well, same kid can definitely now zip her own coat and could because of this, but still knew either way she would be able to eventually zip her own coat. I guess my point is try not to stress about it (trust me I still did even knowing I shouldn’t) and thank you also for making me smile this morning reading this, too 🙂

  3. Reading the first paragraph alone reminded me of my own neurotic brain. Reading the rest made me think you’re inside my head! If it’s any consolation (which I’m guessing it won’t be much, if at all…but then again…well, maybe….oh whatever!…), you’re certainly not alone, and I’m pretty sure at some point, our runaway thought trains have already collided in the past. ;-))

  4. Oh god, we have the same thought processes. A preschool teacher once asked me what I thought we should do about Ryan’s behavior and I was all, “Uhhhhh. Um. Well. What do YOU think we should do?” I mean, hey, they’re the experts, right?

    Ryan is four and I’m quite sure he’s never even ATTEMPTED to zip his own jacket. And if someone forced him? He’d totally hold up the line. He only recently started putting on his own shoes and jacket, and after THAT three-month battle, I have no clothing-related fights left in me for a while.

    Now I’m thinking I should get him a snap/velcro/etc one. Surely we could find them on clearance somewhere??

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Haha! I love her teacher and I love that they teach them stuff that never even occurs to me in my ‘servant to the wee ones’ mentality, so I’m happy she is learning, just a lunatic on figuring out a plan of attack. I guess I’m lucky if this is my biggest problem!

  5. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who does this. Next time I’m doing the 4th-guessing internal dialogue I’m going to try to type it down. The answer always seems so clear when it’s (literally) in front of you.

  6. Witty, funny, real 🙂 Great post.

    If I may supply the poignant underbelly:

    Today is my 59th birthday.

    My Mom, who birthed me one year short of six decades ago, has Alzheimer’s disease.

    She’s 86.

    She also has trouble zipping up her winter coat. She too learned how when she was four; now she can’t remember.

    Good thing she taught me when I was a child like yours.

    “Can I help you Mom?” I ask.

    “Okay,” she says.

    I kneel down in front of her and put one little piece of metal into another and pull the tab up. Everything interlocks. She’ll be snug and safe and warm now.

    “Okay Mom, you’re ready to go,” I say as I stand up.

    “I am?” She says.

    “Yeah,” I confirm.

    And we take baby steps out the door.

      • It used to be hard, now it’s joyful.

        The process was/is challenging, tragic and ultimately healing. I will be gutted when she goes, even though it means she will be released from the disease that imprisons her.

        We are both lucky. So are you and your daughter. Don’t miss a moment of loving her; life is so damned fragile and fleeting <3

        And keep writing of course. It's your calling it seems 🙂

  7. side of ranch

    Too funny! I’ve been pondering this exact same thing about my daughter’s zip-up snow boots. Love hearing I’m not the only one with an overactive brain!

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