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Questions I Want to Ask My Children

August 8, 2012

My youngest, deep in thought

Written by Marykate Wurster, mother of three wonderful children, Gladwyne, Pa

My children intrigue me. There are haunting and perplexing things I want to understand, need to understand. ย I want to peel back the onion, unwind the spool of thread to reveal the coarse grainy wood cocooned within each of them.

Here are some of the things that tug at me, leave me questioning and silently riveted, desperate to know more:

1. Why do you speak in a British accents when playing family? Why does the Mother call her children dahling and is always going somewhere exotic leaving her children with the nanny? This does not represent me at all. I have a Philadelphia accent and seem to always be with my children. When I not with them I can usually be found in the check out line at the supermarket. Exotic would mean I was in the checkout line atย  Wegman’s.

2. Why do you stealthily take the gift cards at Starbucks and Radio Shack? You do realize they have no value, in other words, there is no money on them.

3. What is it about food coloring? Why not creamy white vanilla ice cream? Why “crazy vanilla” erupting with orange and blue, streaks of red, punches of purple?

4. How do you get yourself to cry on command like that? And don’t you ever feel a little bad about manipulating us like that?

5. And while on the subject why the hard time about things we do everyday? Everyday we dress, we brush our teeth, we put on shoes.

6. And why does the glitter girl t shirt with a paint stain tromp the oh so cute summer shift I picked out for you?

7. And do realize that you have us wrapped around your pinky finger? Do you really truly know that you are the cutest and most adorable creatures ever to enter our lives? This I know the answer to, of course, a resounding yes.


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  1. deana pizzutello

      on August 8, 2012 7:48 am

    Love this!!! Just had the Starbucks card conversation with my girls yesterday!!!! Have a beautiful day mk!!!


  2. Lauren Deets

      on August 8, 2012 8:48 am

    I love this MK, especially #5. I am so confused as to why it comes as such a surprise each day when I ask my boys to do those simple things.
    They sure do have me wrapped around their finger, and I love them to pieces.
    I hope you and the kiddos are settling in, and enjoying whats left of summer!


  3. Marykate Wurster

      on August 8, 2012 9:08 am

    Such a funny thing – and they all do it. Except when I go to school and the teacher says ok class, lets hang up our bags …. and they just do it! Must be the herd mentality. Hope you and your cuties are good!! XXOO


  4. Marykate Wurster

      on August 8, 2012 10:01 am

    Deana – love it! They are such treasures to them – my kids set them out in their rooms like prized possessions – which for them I guess they are! Have a great day too Momma! XXOO


  5. RLR

      on August 8, 2012 10:57 pm

    Oh, yes! to numbers 5 and 6. Neither of my kids seems to understand the morning routine. I should not be surprised by the stained shirt being the favorite of my artistic one – if it’s stained, we can turn it into an “art shirt” and do art any. time. I. want. to. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. Marykate Wurster

      on August 9, 2012 8:15 am

    Art shirt – great idea – I think I may use that with the stained glitter girl t shirts! And then maybe I will have more pull with the cute summer shift!


  7. Heidi Farmer

      on August 9, 2012 11:25 am

    Love this MK! I love #1 (and a teeny bit jealous that they can pull of the British thing). That my kids would somehow end up with British accents was a major dream of mine. Didn’t happen. But perhaps better than the twang I’ve had to work through.


  8. Marykate Wurster

      on August 9, 2012 11:14 pm

    So funny Heidi – maybe its Kate Middleton inspired – have to admit I love her too!


  9. DeeDee

      on January 6, 2013 8:38 pm

    take it from a teen, British accents are cool, fun, and make us feel different.
    2) some people like the rush of ‘not getting caught’ some just want the card (weird, i know)
    3)because why would you want boring old white ice cream when you CAN have “crazy Vanilla”
    4) you learn(: haha not really, my parents always thought id cry on purpose but truthfully i cant, i cry easily is all. Getting yelled at by your parents makes any kid cry.
    5) Because parents usually ask when we are “busy” (ya know busy doing absolutely nothing important but ‘tweeting’)
    6)because glitter is just AWESOME and “oh so cute” is… not?
    7)yes, but as a teen my mom likes to tell me i am not “cute” like i used to be. lol ๐Ÿ˜€


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