My kids are opposites. A boy and a girl, one year apart in age. One likes pop, the other alternative. One only likes meat and carbs, the other loves fruits and veggies. One is very active in extra curricular activities and the other would sit in his room playing video games 24/7, if allowed.
Their responses to events vary greatly.
For example, this week there was a lice outbreak at their school; mandating inspections of the middle school kids’ heads.
My son’s response: It was so cool, J. has a ton of hair and so much dandruff that it took them forever to check him.
My daughter’s response: GROSS!!!!! ICK!!!! YUCK!!!!!!!!
When hired I wonder if the administrative staff was told about their role in lice inspections? I think that would have been a deal breaker for me.
(BTW, luckily neither of my children have lice, BUT ever since then my head has been itching. The power of suggestion is strong, especially when it comes to creepy crawly things.)
Another example, in preparation for “picture day,” Chris and I took the kids shopping for new outfits. Taylor and I had a fruitless search ending with my saying “Fine, wear something you already own.” Reagan, demanding to shop with her father, got pants, a tank top, a sweater, and a new purse. A purse that won’t even be in the picture; her dad is such a sucker. And she is so, should I say “smart?” or “manipulative?” She is outstanding at setting up a situation, working things to her advantage. I worry she might be a natural born con artist. (Or attorney? That is her goal, after all.)
One thing both my kids are united about-a fierce determination not to smile for their pictures today.