Lucy and I ventured out to the library today. It's one of her favorite places to go because first we go feed the ducks at the pond and then go get books (which is basically all she does all day long, read books and dance to "Little Bunny Foo Foo").
So, even though I was exhausted from doing nothing all day, I thought that we needed to get out of the house so the five minute away library trip was perfect (and I just could not take any more Bunny Foo Foo). The car the entire trip Lucy will say "Hold your horses ducks, we're coming!" which is cute, no? Not so cute she also likes to rhyme a very unfortunate word with ducky, over and over again whilst on our way to feed the ducks. We try to suggest every other rhyming word under the sun: ducky lucky, ducky mucky, ducky bucky, ducky zucky...but to no avail, she insists on ducky f- well, you know. Something to work on.
After the ducks were fed to the library we went. We had just started perusing the kids section when a 8/9ish year old girl came over to me. She stood in front of me and said:
"Why are you so fat around your stomach?" and POKED me, repeatedly, in the stomach.
I said, as shortly as possible and starting to walk away, "Because I have a baby in my belly."
The child follows me and, still attempting to poke, says "I came out of my mom's belly".
I said, still walking away, "Yes, we all do"
To which she replied, "But yours is REALLY HUGE!" and gave me another poke.
I was just about give this child a piece of my mind when her mother waltzed up and said "Ohhhh, I hope she's not bothering you." She must have seen the look on my face because she ushered the child away quickly without looking back.
Now, I probably should have said something, because can you imagine how a person would feel if that child went up to them and THEY WERE NOT PREGNANT? But I think I was so shocked that I didn't say a thing!
Someone did suggest that I should have said, "Why is my belly so fat? Because I just ate a small child... that reminds me, I'm hungry". Ha...wish I had thought of that one at the time! Or maybe just poked her back.
Lesson: it's one thing for your two year old to rhyme ducky with an inappropriate word (and hey, she'll be broken of that WAY before she's 8) but its a whole new ballgame when your 8 year old has no clue whatsoever regarding personal space and cannot grasp the most basic manners! Terrible!
"Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners."