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Monday, October 6, 2008

Overheard...

Last week, I overheard someone talking about my little angel. I don't believe the commenter knew I was around, so I'm fairly certain she shared her unfiltered opinion. She might have softened her words a bit, though, if she worried the comment might reach my ears. Tell me what y'all think:

"The Tongginator has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And the persistence of a jackhammer."

I'm not sure whether I should feel insulted... or proud. I think I'll go with proud. Tongginator for President in 2040!!!! (Although the American Congress would have to change a few laws for that to happen.)

Sigh.

32 comments:

mommy24treasures said...

hmmm... I think it was a thoughtless comment but as you say I too would be proud. If all children were mild there would never be any assertive leaders in the future.

Jennifer said...

If you can handle that part of her temperament (and I am sure you can), then I would go with proud too.

Life won't be easy with those traits, but it won't be hard either. (Does that make sense?)

And from what I know about the Chinese culture, she is right on track. I have an overweight friend who lives in China and she gets told that "she is too fat" ALL the time - taxi drivers, waiters, random strangers in the park... real subtle!

Stefanie said...

Proud, definitely. Those qualities are nothing to apologize for, I wish I had a bit more courage and persistence myself ;)

Aunt LoLo said...

Hmm...it doesn't sound like anything I wouldn't say about a certain little "jyu" that lives in my house!!

Go with proud, Mama - she's your baby, and she's not shy about her opinions. :-)

Come to think of it, she might take after her Mama a bit...I'd definitely call that a Good Thing!

K and/or K said...

I aspire to recieve that comment someday! Congrats to you!

Briana's Mom said...

Be proud!!!! Gotta love a girl that speaks her mind and is full of spunk!

McEwens said...

Be proud! Wouldnt you rather have a child that is persistant? and able to obtain all the goals they set? One that stands out rather than blends in?

Some people are rude

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Definitely proud! I have a daughter that could be described that same way. She is now 18 and a sophomore in college. She is not afraid of anything, and will just plow through whatever comes her way. She is a leader, not a follower. People look up to her. People are drawn to her. She is a joy to watch! Definitely go with proud!

Shannon

redmaryjanes said...

I will tell you, that I want a powerhouse for a daughter. That's what I am. It's a tough world out there and I want my girl to be able to stand on her own two feet and speak her mind and make her own decisions.

Regardless of how she meant it, I'd take it as a big positive that my girl is on her way to a healthy independ life :)

Peanut said...

Definitely proud! You know no one is going to push her around! Guided in the right direction, those are excellent traits to have.

Queen B said...

However they meant it, I'd be proud.

I think it is so much easier (relatively speaking) to "dull" a sledgehammer than it would be to sharpen a plastic knife...know what I'm sayin'?

Kate said...

Yeah....I would totally take that as a compliment and run. I dig a gal with a little (or, you know, a lot) of moxy!!!

It will serve the Tongginator well, my friend!!!

Kate

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I say to be proud... knowing that no one is going to walk over her or push her down and god forbid should they do that... at least you know she will stand up for herself...

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Yes! Be proud!
Persistence pays off, in so many ways. Good for her!
And good for you!
Becky

Monica said...

I would definitely take it as a compliment, too! She's going to leave her mark on the world!!!

Janet said...

Wow. What a thing to say! SOme people just don't know when to be quiet!

Heather of the EO said...

Part of me just wants to answer this person with, "um...yeah...she's a child, that's how most of them are. I mean if they're healthy!" :)

Susan said...

Be proud. She'll be a strong, confident woman.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I would go with proud....in my mind...those are some great attributes!

The Tongginator has plenty of time to get Congress to change the rules!!

Have a great day!

Lisa

The Source said...

I say be proud, mama! I have a jackhammer, too. And trust me, once they learn to use those traits to their advantage there's nothing that can stop them! My girl walks with confidence into any situation. Yours will too! Just channel that persistence in the right direction. Who cares about subtlety? Any woman who would make that comment where she knew you could hear it...not so subtle herself!

Saint Louis Family Robinson said...

OK, I'm laughing - and so should you! Definitely take it as a compliment and be proud.

I'll vote for change in the law AND for The Tongginator in 2040!!!

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

Be proud! I have 5 just like her!

Tonggu Grammy said...

I know her and love her and am proud of my little sledgehammer/jackhammer! I think you should have made eye contact with the speaker and said, "Thank you! We like her spunk, too." I'm guessing it was the parent of a mild mannered, quiet, unassumming child who spoke those words. Sometimes they don't quite know how to handle Tongginator-like urchins. Oh well, it takes all kinds!

Sharie said...

I would take it as a compliment:)

As my sister says, "You don't want to have the child who never gets in trouble!"

I'd much rather have an outspoken child than one too timid to speak.

Daniella said...

proud for sure

Carla said...

I have a child like that (and thinking I have 2 now)...be proud. You will know that they will never follow the crowd. :) That, as long as they want to, they can accomplish ANYTHING they like.

If congress doesn't change a few laws, she'd make a GREAT first lady and I know just the boy to be president. ;)

Michelle said...

Definately proud. Subtlety is overrated.

prechrswife said...

You know, that sounds a whole lot like another little Tonggu girl I know very well. :-) (Sometimes, it is kind of scary how much they sound alike.)

Beachy Mimi said...

Go Tongginator! No one will ever push her around. I think she rocks.

Shawnstribe said...

those two tools are very necessary for life, i'm sure she will aquire other tools to her toolbox in time ; )
xxx
s

No Mother Earth said...

Found your blog via Beck. I clicked over and read your "about me" description and laughed out loud because I recognize so much.

As to your post - I would be proud. People like that tend to go far. I doubt the person who said that realized what a great compliment it was.

CC said...

Yeah, I'm still reeling at the thought that my kids' "Future President" shirt is a lie :(

We have some good friends that are convinced their 4 year old daughter will one day run for president. They just aren't sure if they'll want to vote for her. ;)