When Your 7-year-old Is As Melodramatic As a Teen

I wrote schmaltzy, over-the-top poetry as a teenager. I still have some of it. Vague notions of what it would be like to be loved by a boy, or at least to find one who wasn’t afraid of me, filled my notebook.

Most of this over-emoting passed in Junior High, thankfully. In Senior High, I seemed to hit my stride (almost literally on the basketball court), replacing many of my obsessive thoughts about boys with other obsessions, like my free throw and turnover percentages.

Now, decades later, I think I’ve passed on my early teen propensity for melodrama to my daughter, Vivian, who frequently expresses all of her emotions in writing. Recently, I annoyed my Grade Two cutie once again. I can’t remember what I wouldn’t do for her (perhaps pack her school bag or let her have a third cheese stick). Suffice it to say I was ignoring her request, like many an online parent.

Snubbed, Vivian threw open her craft drawer, yanked out a sheet of paper, and scrawled her thoughts quickly. She then slammed her note on the table beside me and strode away.

I had come face-to-face with a teenager, possibly my younger self.

I closed my computer and read the note below:

As a parent, not only have I become my mother, but I’ve also become my daughter.

Send help, most likely to Vivian, who’s stuck with me.


Please help me to interpret Vivian’s usage of “Uh-ta” in the note.  Funny responses are welcome.

About Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe is the author of SLOTH TO THE RESCUE, SAVING THUNDER THE GREAT, THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE, and NO MORE BEIGE FOOD (2016). She also wrote humor books DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids and MOMMYFESTO. She and her family live in Calgary, Alberta because they like complaining about the weather.

Posted on February 2, 2012, in For Moms, Notes and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Here’s to hoping she gets it all out of her system early and she’s the cool, sensible girl when all the other girls are falling apart in their teens.

  2. WOMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Is that the latest version for What-e-VA? (complete with two thumbs and first fingers forming a W?)

    I have a 6 & 8 year old. I’m always blogging about their stuff. They say/do such awesome things, usually at the parents expense. “whew, the outside air smells stinky like mommies armpits.” “the dinner you made is a little bit good, but not really…but good job.”

    Lake Forest, CA

  4. Perhaps, she meant duh… hope that helps.. lol

  5. The “more sad than ever” part broke my heart!!!!

  6. You alternate between being her best friend and her worst enemy until she’s grown – somewhere around 30 maybe.

  7. Uh ta. I don’t have a clue what she meant by that. Maybe you better ask Sir William.

  8. I think Vivian might have been trying to write “Utah”, which is a clever metaphor for a somewhat sad state.

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  10. I think “Uh-Ta” was like two snaps.

    You know, like punctuation.

    We should Skype the next time there is this kind of drama!


  11. I think uh-ta might mean “uh duhhhh”. My 2nd grader says that all the time! Now stop pissing this girl off!!

  12. This cracked me up. I hope like hell that she keeps writing you dramatic notes when she is a teen, instead of clamming up.

  13. My mother not only doesn’t care abt me she proved it! Three years after her passing I get a letter telling me to report for jury duty on her BIRTHDAY!! thanks mom!

  14. Perhaps it’s a sarcastic “uhh ta very much for ignoring me”- very melodramatic, but quite funny for a 7 year old.

  15. I know it’s super old at this point, but I think “uh ta” means “at all”, as in “You don’t care about me. AT ALL.” Best of luck to Vivian in developing her already-evident writing skills and using them for good.

  16. I would say uh ta is a pretty good attempt at phonetically spelling “at all”

  17. I think she might have meant ‘at all’- at all- atuh ut ta as in AT ALL

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