Monday, August 17, 2009

Au Contraire...

"What does 'au contraire' mean, Mom?" my daughter asked shortly after declaring that she was now french. "On the contrary", I replied. "What's 'contrary' ? "

To that I laughed out loud. If you've read here and here, you already know that the first thing that came to mind was her recent behavioral issues.

My first inclination was to harp on this definition:

contrary: resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"

To that, I could have added example after example of her recent "contrary" behavior.

Somehow, - thank You, God- I managed to temper that reaction somewhat. I didn't avoid it completely, because it was so perfectly timed, but I broadened it to its general definition.

"Au contraire, Mom", she replied, in her best french accent.

"Au contraire, mon amie", I laughed back.

Thank You, God for the humor amid the contrary attitudes...

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