You cannot get anything past Annie. Even when you think she isn’t listening, she is. She hears everything. She also remembers everything. For example, the other day she came up to me and said, “Mama, remember da penguins at da zoo?” You know, the zoo she went to once, six months ago. I can’t even remember if I’ve written about her having a great memory, but if Annie could read? She’d remember.
Anyway, back to her listening. Since we know she hears everything and remembers everything (is she Santa?), Mike and I are much more careful about what we say around her. Okay, we are attempting to be much more careful. Every now and then one of us will say something we don’t want her to hear. Sometimes it’s something as simple as saying, “Oh, we got invited to Tim’s daughter’s birthday party in two weeks,” which means for the next fourteen days Annie will ask 187,000 times a day if it’s time for the birthday party.
Other things you shouldn’t say around Annie unless you intend to immediately deliver:
~Shopping (clothing, grocery, you name it)
If one of us (Mike or myself) says one of these words, the other will usually reply with a quick but forceful, “Don’t say that!”
Of course, we do occasionally say things that aren’t appropriate for a kid to hear, period. Swear words, dirty jokes, math, stuff like that. When that happens, the other doesn’t say anything so as not to draw Annie’s attention to it, but we do give the other person “the look.”
The other day I spilled something and muttered a swear word under my breath. Annie was right next to me, though, and heard it. After I cleaned up my mess, I looked up at Annie and she was giving me, “the look.”
I opened my mouth but before I could even speak Annie said, “Don’t say that, Mama!”
I need to start speaking in another language around her.