After dropping Maeve off at gymnastics this afternoon, Hilde and I saw a Ford Flex.
Me: Hilde, I love that car.
Hilde: It’s too boxy mom. You are not boxy, you are more octagonal.
Hilde: Your natural shape is an octagon.
Me: It is?!
Me: Hmmm. What shape are you?
Hilde: I am circle. Maeve is either a triangle or a square.
Me: Why are you a circle?
Hilde: Because I am smooth.
Me: Smooth, huh?
Me: What shape is Maeve, again?
Hilde: Either a triangle or a rectangle.
Me: Why? Oh wait, I get that one.
(Maeve is definitely an equilateral triangle or a square. That girl is all right angles. She is the T-square of our family.)
Me: So why am I an octagon?
Hilde: I don’t know you just are. It’s just your shape.
Me: Hmmm, an octagon, really?
(I am still wondering why Hilde thinks I am an octagon. For the record, I think she is referring to the shape of my soul. My body needs work, but I not octagon shaped.
The possibilities are now running around in my head. Does Hilde think I am octagon because I have many sides? Does this mean I do too much? Does she think I am all over the place? Why do I think that an octagon leans towards busyness? Maybe it just means I have lots of angles. Why does this have to have a deeper meaning? Why can’t I just let an octagon be an octagon? This is driving me crazy. Why does my ten year old daughter think I am octagon? I need to know. I need to know because maybe it will help me understand who my kids think I am. Maybe it will help me be a better person or a better version of me. What if knowing why I am an octagon is some kind of missing link to unlock a vital piece of self-understanding?)
On the way back to get Maeve two hours later, I was still thinking about being an octagon. So, I continued the conversation.
Me: What shape is dad?
Hilde: I’ve never thought about it.
(Why? Why have you never thought about what shape your father is, but you are so sure your mother is an octagon?!)
Hilde: I guess he is mix between a circle and rectangle.
Me: What would that be? A crescent?
Hilde: Sure. Why are you still thinking about this?
Me: Just wondering.