I recently read Philip Roth's American Pastoral and one particular passage stood out for me:
Look, I've got kids, kids galore--I know what kids are like growing up. The black hole of self-absorption is bottomless (Roth, 1997: 69).
We've noticed a significant increase in the SYO's level of self-absorption since turning six.
Thursday and Friday the SYO was off from school for teacher's conferences.
As an aside, our conference with her teacher went fantastic. She's a great little girl, well socialized, happy to help others, etc. We wished we had had a recording device just to be able to effectively compare conferences once Big gets to first grade.
On Friday, we decided to go to the Children's Museum with Sidekick, her mom and her new little sister. We have recently re-discovered this amazing place. It is expertly planned to satisfy all ages so both Big and the SYO love it.
While we were there, we ran into not only a bunch of kids from the SYO's class, but also their teacher who appeared like a rock star among her adoring first-grade fans. When our self-absorbed SYO recognized her teacher there, she walked up and said:
How did you know I was here?