Because

It is the reason that, as a child, I deplored. It is the reason, however, as an adult that I often give my children when I myself am beyond any ability to add more logical thought to what I have to say.

“Because I said so.”

Oh I see you fate, laughing in the corner as I listen to the words drop from my lips and into the malleable mind of my pre-teen child who takes them in along with her eye roll of fully felt unfairness. I see you. Giggle away, my friend.

I would like to take  a moment to defend my use of this reason that I so hated as a child, for it is not the first reason that I give. I see now that it was probably not the first reason my parents gave either (laugh away), and so I guess part of this post is apologetic and a head nod to parents everywhere Рyou are not alone Рand you are not wrong.

When I say “Because I said so”, it is because the last half hour of logical reasoning seems to have been charlie-brown-adult muffled and my lovely, bright eyed, inquisitive kiddo, has not understood that those beautifully logical, caringly given responses were the answer every time to her “but, WHY?” and all I have left is self-defense. A quick “because I said so” and now I am the villain, the Mom/teacher refusing to listen, refusing to see “reason”.¬† Oh the silliness that is life. So parents, teachers, authority figures who have tried to reason, what is your end the crazy looping discussion go to reason?