Two of a Kind: 30 reasons why my daughter and I cried this week

Sometimes, I feel myself rolling my eyes when my daughter begins to sob. When she cries big, fat, silent, tears with little-to-no reason for doing so, I almost tell her to 'stop being such a goose'. However, something stops me every time and I refrain from chastising her about her emotional personality: she is me.

Though we are very different in many ways, my five-year-old and I happen to have the same emotional threshold. She is 5 and I am 25, yet the 20 years mean nothing when the tears begin to fall…

Here are 30 reasons why we cried last week:

  1. Because my daughter’s tooth is wobbly for the first time (me)
  2. Because there was no ice-cream, so Friday was the worst ever day of her life (her)
  3. Because it feels like everyone is pregnant but me (me)
  4. Because she can’t chew pasta with her wobbly tooth (her)
  5. Because I can’t kick this virus (me)
  6. Because she didn’t’ want to go to school (her)
  7. Because my other half brought me food when I was sick (me)
  8. Because she didn’t want to leave school (her)
  9. Because I forgot to ask my mother to pick her up from drama, meaning she was late (me)
  10. Because after suggesting 18 different things, she still didn’t know what to draw (her)
  11. Because the house we were looking at went up by 100k (me)
  12. Because she couldn’t vote in the general election (her)
  13. Because of Call the Midwife (me)
  14. Because she felt guilty about telling her whole class she had powers when, in fact, she doesn’t (her)
  15. Because my other half is on nights this week (me)
  16. Because she didn’t do ‘enough fun things’ on the weekend (her)
  17. Because someone ate all the biscuits (me) (it was also me who ate all the biscuits)
  18. Because people have to go home after a playdate (her)
  19. Because this cold is making me waste my gym membership (me)
  20. Because she got Darth Vader on the ‘Which Star Wars Character Are You?’ Instagram filter (her)
  21. Because my mother kindly made me soup (me)
  22. Because she lost the hairpiece from her ‘Elsa Lego’ so, Elsa is now rocking the balled look (her)
  23. Because my jeans are exceptionally tight this week (me)
  24. Because she, being five-years-old, is not allowed a phone (her)
  25. Because of how Callum treated Shaughna on Love Island (me)
  26. Because she, being five-years-old, is not allowed to watch Love Island (her)
  27. Because baby Yoda in Star Wars spin-off, The Mandalorian, is so damn cute (me)
  28. Because she couldn’t catch a rabbit in her granny’s garden (her)
  29. Because after a week of ignoring my laundry, it is now piled as tall as my daughter (me)
  30. Because our Saturday night movie was Princess Bride (both of us)





With her daughter Evie as her muse, Anna writes about mumhood and all its intersections from mental health to movies, social issues to pop culture. Anna lives in Dublin with her daughter, partner, three younger sisters and parents. She is a dreadful cook, a fair guitar player and thinks caffeine should be given as a yearly vaccine to parents - courtesy of the HSE.

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