Thursday, October 25, 2007

Something I learned on Monday

On Monday, when TLM and I were visiting my mother, I commented to my mother how good TLM was to wear her sunhat the whole time she was outside. And in exactly that precise moment that I uttered those words, TLM knocked off her sunhat and refused to put it back on. Mum's response was that I should never have praised TLM in the first place.

For years, my mother never praised me for things that might have deserved it. When I won school prizes or got A's, she always sounded like it was the least I could do to thank her for raising me. At first, I thought it was because she was simply impossibly hard to please. But I talked to family friends and learned a little about customs of Old China. Chinese kids are told they're lazy, stupid or ugly because it protects them from being kidnapped by evil spirits, who'd much prefer a cute, clever and diligent child.

After Monday though, I know the real reason my mum avoids saying nice things about me. She's just trying to cheat Murphy's Law.


Lumpyheadsmom said...

There's got to be a blog caveat to this, because the minute I say something like "the baby sleeps well" the baby wakes up five times a night.

Determinist said...

Well, it's good that you know that now - at least you can feel that she did it because she was trying to protect you. Still, a tough thing to swallow, all that lack of compliments. That's all that kept me going as a kid! :)

Violet said...

lumpyheadsmom: oh, definitely!

determinist: funnily enough, I didn't get used to the lack of compliments. It just makde me look elsewhere for them

Angela said...

Isn't that the way it goes though. I don't mention something because I know as soon as I do I am sure Gregory will stop and do the opposite