People who've only known me as an adult find it pretty hard to believe that I was actually pretty timid as a young child. But when my mother thought I was "mouthing off" to her (in other words, standing up for myself), she'd refer to me as Miss Smartypants. It was supposed to put me in my place. Imagine that...calling a little girl "smartypants" is supposed to be a put-down.
This is one of those things that got lost in the shuffle as I grew up. Then one day I ran across a children's picture book titled Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole. All of the sudden those childhood memories came back to me. So I read the book and fell in love with it. Without giving away the whole story, here's how it starts:
"Princess Smartypants wanted to live in a castle with her pets and do exactly as she pleased."
Those memories and the book made me realize that I wanted to embrace the "smartypants" in me.