As a parent of a teenage girl, there are many, many days where I feel like every move I make is an insult to Violet's very existence. Requests for her to pick up after herself, load the dishwasher, let the dogs outside, etc. are met with huge sighs and drama, as if I've just asked her to scale Mount Everest while carrying me on her back. Sometimes, even asking her to do something that doesn't suck, like go get some ice cream, or go to Target are met with looks of 'Are you kidding me?' Seriously, who doesn't want to go to Target? I'd live there if I could. Anyway, these are fun times is what I'm saying, and you never know what will set Violet's eyes rolling next.
Admittedly, I've had a difficult time adjusting to the teenage girl attitude that everyone assures me is totally normal. If you ask my mother, she insists that I hated her from the ages of 13-18, which I have zero recollection of (hating her, or why she would think I hated her, that is). I've picked up a few scrapes and scars along the way of learning to 'choose my battles' with Violet, but I'd like to think that I have in fact learned a thing or two. For the most part, I've now accepted the fact that Violet has really just lost her mind for the time being and I'm hopeful that she'll find it again by the time she graduates from high school.
This morning was a perfect example. As I pulled in to the parking lot to drop Violet off at school, she started with the heavy sighing routine. 'This school...I just don't know about this school,' she complained dramatically. I had no clue what she was getting at, so I just stayed quiet. (Clue # 1 that I'm learning how to navigate teenage girls and the parenting of such - when in doubt, keep your mouth shut and listen.) She started again. 'This school has, like, gates everywhere. Like, why so many gates? It's so stupid.' The kid was pissed because the school has too many gates around it. Gates that have been there every single day for years, that she's never commented on before this morning.
Oh yes, she has most definitely lost her mind.