Once upon a time I was a me. I was an I. I referred to myself in the 1st person & not in the 3rd. Somewhere along the way I decided that I had no need for pronouns. “I have to go to work.” became “Mommy has to go to work.” It is not “I am tired. It is “Mommy is tired.” Why do I do this? Perhaps once I did it so that my daughter would learn that I was her mommy, but I think that we pretty much have established that. Besides, this started before she was even born. Our dog was on the other end of my 3rd person rantings long ago. “Mommy loves you, Dukey.” “Are you Mommy’s good boy? “As his head tilted off to the side, I imagine he was thinking “This poor woman actually thinks she is my mother. How do I break it to her that I am a dog?”
I hear myself doing this in public. “Mommy just has to get a few groceries & then we can go home.” I can almost feel passers-by rolling their eyes at me. I have even begun to annoy myself. Just say I. You can do it. Use it in a sentence. “I just have to get a few groceries & then we can go.” I did it. Phew. “Ok, come with mommy to get some milk.” DAMN IT!
Recently during a play date, one of Mai’s friends accidentally knocked her down. She was terribly upset by this. “Say sorry. Say sorry to Mai.” she said. What a silly girl. Where ever could she have learned this? I need to teach that girl her pronouns.