I’ll Just Burn Your Pancakes!
Before breakfast one morning, I was cooking pancakes. My husband was in a cross, ugly mood and finally snapped something ridiculous at me. I stamped my little foot (size 9) and exclaimed “You cross old bear! You great big bully, talking that way to me!” I tossed my head and turned back to the stove. “I think I’ll just burn your pancakes!” I added, glancing over my shoulder with a mischievous look to see if he was watching. He was grinning from ear to ear. The black ugly mood was gone. It took me 4 months to try childlikeness because it seemed so silly. For months I practiced in front of a mirror using the right adjectives.”
NOTE: These examples of childlikeness or, sauciness, can release tension and change the mood to humor and playfulness quickly. It’s charming, feminine and is a part of feminine power that my mother talked about and I also include in my new book soon to be released. As we all understand and practice this response, most everyday hurts and irritations will end up strengthening our relationships rather than straining them. If you have already read Fascinating Womanhood, you know this skill is not appropriate for all circumstances, including deep hurts, infidelity or abuse.