Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Why are you so fat around your stomach?"...

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."
-Author Unknown


Nichole said...

Oh my! How rude! The mom should have said sorry! I love that comeback line and I would have loved to know what she would have said or done in response to that! LOL

cowgirltn said...

I am sorry that happened but you should have said "I just ate a small child." That would have been hysterical. Remember that show with Bill Cosby Kids Say the Darndest Things. Well he was right.

GrudaJ said...

Toddlers say the darnedest things!

I can understand being bothered by the 8 year old -- just as long as you know that sometimes it is something more than just a badly-behaving child. Kids who are on the autism spectrum have problems with precisely these types of issues (understanding personal space and social rules), and there's nothing harder than being a parent of a special needs/autisic child and feeling that everyone else just thinks you are a bad parent when your kid acts in a socially inappropriate manner.

maryann said...

I've been following you for awhile and I'm glad you're back! You helped inspired me to go with cloth diapers (I now have a seven month old), and I just wondered how it's going with Lucy now that she's a toddler, and if you're planning to continue using cloth with your second.
I hope these last days of your pregnancy go well, and best of luck with delivery #2 - I'm sure you'll do great!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

Just found your blog and wanted to tell you that I am your newest follower and to say hello! :)

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