So, let me tell you what TPJ said today. But first, a little background.
In case you don't know me in person, let me tell you a little about myself. I'm gullible. Highly. Even TPJ can pull my leg, and he's only five. (Whoa, that's weird to write.) I'm also pretty hard on myself and make fun of myself quite frequently. I do some dumb stuff, I'll admit it. But I enjoy myself. I admit my mistakes. I'm not afraid to screw up. I may look like an idiot sometimes, and usually, I'm the first to point out that I look like an idiot. There are those in my life who take pot shots at me constantly because of these qualities of mine. Most of the time, it's good natured teasing and I just let it roll off my back. Lately though, it's been bugging me. I feel disrespected, undervalued, underestimated, etc.
Now, here's the problem. That good natured teasing? Yeah, Aaron quite frequently engages in it with me. And usually I either give it right back to him, or smack him. :) But today, I wasn't feeling well, and he made a joke about my height (or rather, lack thereof). I totally went off on him, and as I climbed in the car, I said, "I'm sick of everyone making fun of me. Just because I'm short, redheaded and ugly, everyone thinks they can make fun of me and I'm just going to take it!" I was really on my high horse, and Aaron was trying to tell me that I was taking some pretty big leaps in rational thoughts there. Just then, TPJ pipes up from the backseat.
"Mommy, the only thing that is true is that you're redheaded. I don't think the other stuff is true, Mommy."
Tears came to my eyes. I climbed down off of my high horse. And I told my son thank you.