Not so good?

Today after my 5-year-old finished her handwriting practice, she asked me if she could turn her handwriting paper into a paper airplane. I said sure. She didn’t quite know what to do, so she ran to ask her dad to help her. I stopped her, as Matt had just closed his eyes for a five minute nap after working really hard on a few things this morning. I told her that I would help her. :)

She studied me for a minute. I could see the wheels turning in her mind: “Does my mom really know how to make an airplane?” After a few moments, she agreed. As I started to fold, I could see her shifting her weight and breathing with uncertainty. I looked at her, and she seemed concerned. “Are you not making it right, mom?” she asked. I laughed and said I was sure it would be fine.

When I finished, I handed it to her, and she said, “Poor mom. Are you not so good at making airplanes?”

I tried not to laugh as I told her that I had done the best I could. :) She went to try to fly it and show her sisters, and what do you know? It actually flew! She got very excited and shouted to her sisters, in total amazement, “Hey guys!! Mom knows how to make airplanes!!”

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