I was coming home this evening from the supermarket. As I entered the lift lobby, there was a young mom with her two children, a boy and a girl. They were between 4 and 5 years of age. They were getting off the school bus.
We did the polite smile exchange cum nod, and got into the lift together.
The boy suddenly looked at his mom and asked, “Did you wash her (pointing at his sister) lunch bag?”
The mom asks, “Hmmm..yes, why?”
Boy: What did you put in it? It was stinking.
The mom looked at me. I so…. knew what she was thinking. Was I judging her or forming opinions about her?
The mom said, “Will see it when we go home.”
Boy: The whole school bus was stinking…it was baaaaadd (this in a booming voice).
By this time the lift had reached my floor and I stepped out with a nod. I could see the mom sighing in relief.
I smiled as I unlocked the door.
I want to tell that mom that we cannot control what our kids say. Kids have this ability to say funny things at odd times.
I remember, when we were kids, one of our neighbours had come to visit our grandmom who was unwell. The said neighbour had come to our home directly from work, and had a biscuit packet with her, presumably for her children.
When she saw my sister and me, she opened the packet and gave us two biscuits each.
My sister piped in, “Why can’t you give us the whole packet?”
My mom looked mortified, and we got a few of her choicest ‘mommy looks’ that we decoded and analysed, knowing what was going to come our way.
There are many such incidents, when we as kids have embarrassed our parents, and now, as parents face such funny situations.
Most of the time, we worry about our ‘Mom Images’ for a while, but then motherhood being what it is, we get on with our busy schedules and love our children more and more.
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