I cannot roll my R’s. This didn’t matter in America. But in Africa, where just about every language requires a rolled R, I’m a minority. (I already was, of course, but this magnifies that.) I have walked around my house for weeks practicing, “bitter butter” and such variations. I now can “flip” my R, but I still cannot rooooooll with freedom.
So for all you R-rollers out there, you probably cannot relate at all to the immense frustration it is to have tried to learn and still not be able to do it! Then when the inevitable moment of forced confession comes out, an R-roller says, “Oh, it’s easy. Just do this: rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Come on, try it.”
At that moment, I really want to stick my tongue out or throw a book at them or something. Phbt. Don’t you think if it were that easy I would have done it by now?!?
90% of me has come to the conclusion that I am physically incapable of achieving that tongue-fluttering feat. 10% of me still rises to the occasion once in a while and in a fit of blind optimism walks around the house practicing, “Bitter butter, bitter butter, d-ree, d-r-ree….”
That’s about where I am right now with toilet training. I am failing in training my third child this important ability this week, after having had a really rough time with children #1 and 2. This is highly discouraging to a young mom who’s read “how-to’s” and “magic” methods, and it seems magical for everyone else but my kids!
So I’m admitting, in a semi-state of depression, that possibly I just am not able to do this. Or my kids aren’t. But I am going to go on with as much willpower as I can summon in the attempt to transform my daughter from soiled baby to civilized person.
My trial this week was made worse this time because I have another mobile baby under my (our—Callie’s) feet all day, and I’m homeschooling. My patience was not so severely tried with the first two. I found myself daily, sometimes hourly, begging God to help me to not LOSE MY TEMPER!
But she can’t keep this up interminably, right?
(There’s that blind optimism kicking in again.)