Scarlet is relentless. When she wants to be rubbed she’ll walk on my key board . . . -04s85=@#(^%$ until I finally do what she wants. THEN, if I don’t do it right, she’ll bite me. She’s got TFF syndrome.
Temperamental Female Feline syndrome. You can’t find that one in Wikipedia. Scarlet will let you rub her ears, her head, and the back of her neck, but get near the belly and . . . chomp.
I scold her, but she looks at me as if to say, “Who do you think you are speaking to ME that way. This is MY house.”
Are you liable to unreasonable changes of mood? Are you easily emotional, mercurial, impatient, touchy, over sensitive? Especially at 4:00 PM? Then you might have TFH syndrome. That’s the human version of TFF: Temperamental Female Human syndrome. (we won’t address the male version today)
My grandkids know this about me. Mimmy gets grouchy at about 4:00. I explained that’s my low-time of the day when I get tired, especially if I’ve had 3-5 Mimlets ramming around the house all day. By 4:00 the refrigerator is empty, and so is my energy. So, maybe I’m more inclined to get nippy, like Scarlet. I have my limitations.
Will, age eight, reminds me almost every visit. “Mimmy, you get grouchy at 4:00. Don’t you?” His little smirk tells me that he enjoys the idea that Mimmy can get ‘naughty’, too.
This past weekend I had five here for most of Saturday. When the clock struck 4:00 I heard Will say, “Run for cover! It’s 4:00. Mimmy’s grouch is gonna come out.” They all ran, giggling at their own joke, and hid under the table.
I don’t want to be temperamental. I don’t LIKE temperamental people. (log-splinter rule) I’ve learned it’s important not to presume upon my own limitations.
If I feel myself getting touchy I ask myself why. I have to recognize when I’m trying to push out energy I don’t have. If I have a late afternoon low-blood sugar – I need to stop, have a cup of tea, and a little snack. OR, send the grandkids home at 3:00!
I decided to have a family conference with the kids and ask them what they would suggest to combat the 4:00 grouchies.
PLEASE NOTE: As I said: I’m NOT going to give you five steps to victory over TFH, heaping more stress and guilt on you. I’m not going to send you to a website with a 20-minute video and a one-time offer for my new book, along with endless advertisements being sent to your email. All for only $39.99.
You don’t need that. Let my grandkids give you their wisdom on the subject:
Avery: (age 11) “Take a nap, Mimmy. You want me to get you a blanket? We’ll be quiet.”
I think that says it all! The rest is up to Jesus.