The Unpolished article series is a collection of words, thoughts, and musings from the Threads Worldwide founders.
Peas and Peace
“Peas are SO yucky!” my 3 year old screams as she chucks them on the carpet.
As I struggle to put her into timeout I remember the wise words of Fair Trade Partner, Alison, who taught me that I can turn any place where Kenna is standing into ‘timeout’. I call an audible and, now, she is officially in timeout where she is standing.
She’s crying and screaming and I leave the room and start getting teary. Then I really start to sob. I’m sobbing because I’m tired and because I don’t want her to be so upset and because I’m freaked out by a future where she has this level of emotion combined with the hormones of puberty – I mean, yikes!
As I return to check on her, she is simultaneously running at me crying, “I want you!” I kneel down, hug her and we cry together for a few minutes. Then she looks up and says: “I need a tissue – I get you one.”
I say, “I’ll get you one too.”
We retreat to various Kleenex boxes and return to each other waving our tissue flags of surrender and peace. What a moment I got to Honor myself (and Honor my daughter) to Honor the World, one of Threads Family Values. It didn’t look pretty, but it was authentic.
After literally wiping each other’s tears she went back to play. A couple minutes later she screams looking down at her feet. Peas. She stepped in the peas. This is when I wanted to add ‘irony’ to our Family Values, but just bent down to wipe them off instead.