...as in, the first time Hallie publicly insulted her mother. (Unless you count tantrums as insults, which I sometimes do because I feel pretty insulted when Hallie melts down in Target and I have to drag her - literally kicking and screaming - from the store and through the parking lot to our car.)
Hallie was standing on a stool and I was standing behind her, both of us looking straight ahead into the bathroom mirror while I worked on her hair. I had just finished up the second of her two braids when this conversation took place.
Hallie: You are SO beautiful!
Erin: Thank you, Hallie! That's so nice of you to say.
Hallie: I WASN'T talking to YOU.
(strokes her braids)
Hallie: I was talking to my french braids.
Ok, that insult wasn't entirely public, as it happened in our house. I made it public though, because I told pretty much every teacher at Hallie's school what she said to me. Now this one...this one's legitimately public.
While shopping in Target, Hallie remarked that she had a little nose. I agreed. Then she went on, loudly, in the back-to-school section during back-to-school shopping weekend.
Hallie: You have a REALLY big nose, Mama.
Hallie: Let's talk about it, A LOT, and loudly.
Which she did, for the next three minutes.
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