Every super hero needs a sidekick and from almost as soon as Jaheim could speak, I knew he was mine. Don't misunderstand. This has nothing to do with the trouble he might give or his and Shakir's joint conspiracies to rule our little world. Instead, this has to do with when he wakes and decides to be my sweet boy. Last night was a classic example as I had left him, Shakir and Makayla to watch TV as I prepared dinner. I was in the kitchen washing up wares when I heard him scream loudly. I took a deep breath and made up my mind that the best way to handle whatever was going on was to go and take a look. When I got into the room, both Shakir and Makayla began to speak at once. I looked at Jaheim. "Mummy!" He said in a loud, strong voice that brooked no argument. "Shakir and Makayla was fighting!"
"Were they?" I asked.
"Yes!" He said.
I took the next step, which was to separate the two of them and I returned to my tasks, feeling a sense of pride. It was the kind of pride that comes from knowing that you've done something right in this crazy life we live. It was like I came to a kind of understanding in my mind that when this super hero mom retires, I will leave at least one super hero to carry the torch. So naturally, I was nodding and smiling this morning, when after I threatened Shakir with the promise of lashes, my little protégé chimed in. "Hurry and get in that bath, Shakir!" He said, his face stern, mimicking mine, in true sidekick fashion. "Me would cut you bottom. You feel me mekking sport? I is not you mummy!"
I was mid-nod when the last part sank in. What? "So, Jaheim?" I asked, mainly out of curiosity, more so than out of a need for further clarification. "Do I make sport?"
Giving me a bright smile that would likely melt the heart of other more easily manipulated minds, he said, "no, me just making a little joke with Shakir."
"And who is it that does say 'I'm not your mother!'?" I continued to probe.
"Granny!" He spat out as if it was so obvious.
So right there and then, I realised that my little protégé is actually my mother's protégé. SIGH! The trials and tribulations of a working super mom!
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.