Why do our kids say things that embarass us so much?? Do they have a mum embarass o meter installed at birth?
I remember the time when my 3 year old asked the nice dog walker a few streets away why he didn’t wash, as his skin was so dirty. We used to meet him when he was out walking his boxer, and we were out with our lab, so thankfully, he was used to seeing my little tribe of nomads.
He graciously smiled, bent down, and explained the colour of his skin with expert kindness.
Then there was the time (a few weeks later) when the same lovely 3 year old asked a rather large lady what she ate to get so fat. This lady DID take offence though, and started to shout at me about where he must have got his opinions from, and that it just showed how he had been brought up.
Ummm, it’s a 3 year old for heavens sake, and he was a pretty small 3 year old at the time. Sheesh. It did descent into a form of chaos, and I was not letting her away with it.
It ended up with me talking to her, and trying to tell her that 3 year olds say things as they see it, and if you take offence at a 3 year old stating the obvious, then it’s really not cool. It was a thin year in my life, and she took it that I must have had those opinions as well, and been nasty towards overweight people. Not so, as I have been from obese to skinny in different periods of my life, but she made a judgement based on a child which was absolutely ridiculous at the time.
We parted on uneasy grounds. Elder asking “mummy, why was that lady shouting at you?”
I’ll leave you with this one.
My youngest cherub, who at age 15 months heard some swearing from teenagers when we were out for a walk. I ignored it as you do, and hoped it would go away.
The next day, he was strapped in his buggy and we are walking past a park. A young couple, hand in hand, and smooching away began to walk past. Younger smiled his best smile, gave them a hello, and they ignored him. His next comment was *f**k *ff.
Funnily enough, they did turn round and laugh then, as I see younger mentally tick off a masterpiece in his repertoire !!!!!