A recent episode in the Curtis household:
Mommy: Cosette and Eli, would you please gather up the dirty laundry for mommy and bring the clean laundry from the dryer?
Eli: Okay, Mommy!
Cosette: *groan* But, I'm busy, mom!
Eli: Grunting and groaning as he pulls the basket up the stairs all by himself. "Wow, Mommy, 'at's hard work! I have'a work weal hard! "
Mommy: Thank you, Eli. Since you worked so hard and so happily, you may have a little piece of chocolate candy.
Cosette: May I have some too?
Mommy: No, Cosette, you did not help at all, and you grumbled and groaned.
Cosette: (sobbing) But MOOOOOmmmmy!! I really want some.
Mommy: Sorry, Cosette, and please go to your room until you're done crying.
Cosette: (A few minutes later) "Eli, I'm sorry I didn't help. It was all my fault. I should have helped! I'm sorry! Now may I have some candy, Mommy?
Mommy: (fighting back a laugh) Um, no, Cosette, you still may not have candy.
Cosette: Then I'm NOT sorry after all!
Oh my! A funny story, yes, but, sadly, all too true of Cosette sometimes. Eli seems to have his Daddy's easy-going, ready-to-forgive personality. He is quick to say he's sorry and mean it, and responds with genuine repentance to discipline. Cosette? Well, she doesn't have a huge problem or anything, but she does seem to be more easily angered and slow to forgive. Just a different personality, I guess, but still a negative character trait that she will have to learn to work through. We are glad we have recognized this, and are praying for her and helping her work through it. Just another challenge in the daily joys and struggles of raising children :)