I often receive very warm or interesting e-mails from sisters who have read my blog. Yesterday I received this:
Asalam ulaikum sister, I am a huge fan of your blog, happy muslim mama. Please write a article on your amazing daughter. You could write about all the times she washed the dishes for you, hauls the laundry up and down the stairs, changes stinky nappies and helps potty-train ungrateful siblings, or maybe even how she goes downstairs in the middle of the night when shes tired just to switch the lights off or get some more toilet roll for someone *cough*you*cough*.
Yours faithfully, just another fan.
I didn’t have to wonder who my daughter had been complaining to, because I recognised the cheeky tone of the complaint straight away.
I have been giving Little Lady a bit more freedom with using my laptop for school work, her art work and leisure when I think she needs more down time (she works hard like her mama, so I encourage her to play and rest a bit more when she can). She recently asked me if she could create an e-mail address to e- ail a friend who had moved to a different school. I agreed as long as I have the password and she is okay with me keeping an eye on her account. She e-mailed her friend, then me and them her aunt Fashionista. I was surprised at how different her tone was in each of the e-mails, she adapted it to her audience and was warm and friendly (except for her fake fan-mail above, which just sounds bossy).
Anyway I’m still not going to stop asking her to go switch the light off downstairs at bedtime after someone has gone down for a drink of water and left it on again. She’s the only one of the kids not scared of the dark :)