That was until my eldest made a remark not too long ago. I can’t remember her exact words, but we were heading to an event or activity and I was giving my usual: “Be polite. Look at people in the eyes when they are speaking to you. Don’t act crazy.” talk that I usually give on our way out. And Chatterbox said something like: “Oh Mom, you just want to look good in front of your friends.” And she started mimicking me and using my…TELEPHONE VOICE!? It was high-pitched, and peppered with lots of laughter, and was all la-di-da and I nearly died on the spot. Was it true? Did I appear to have a completely different personality once I got around other people? Of course, I immediately denied it and we went about our day, but that exchange has stuck with me. I hate the idea that I might be coming across as putting on airs or inauthentic, in the eyes of those who are closest to me. I’ve always thought of myself as extremely genuine and transparent and naturally happy, so where was this coming from?