We Can All Laugh About It Now – Funny NOW, but no so funny THEN. With parenting comes SO many moments where you can laugh later, but you for sure were not laughing too hard when it actually happened. I’ll share some of my “now funny” moments…
We Can All Laugh About It Now
*My daughter needed a colonoscopy when she was 3 and my son was 5. The doctor prescribed Miralax for the procedure, which is completely clear, colorless, and tasteless. It didn’t matter. My suspicious daughter saw me mixing the prep into some apple juice and she wasn’t going to have anything to do with it. Even though I tried to tell her that she wouldn’t be able to taste it, she would not believe me. So, I set the juice on the nightstand and told her to drink it when she was ready. I left the room thinking she might be more inclined to drink it if I walked away. When I came back, the juice was gone! I said, “Wow, you drank all your juice. I told you it would taste good.” She said, “I didn’t drink it.” My son quickly chimed in with, “I drank it.” That’s when I called my mom over for backup.
*I was visiting a friend one day with my children. My friend had no kids at the time, but we liked to visit occasionally. During the visit, I noticed a black mark on my son’s thumb. I asked him what had happened, but he seemed embarrassed and would not tell me anything.
Four months later we were hit with a severe thunderstorm, and we were one of several hundred thousand homes out of power. Since we did not have electricity and there was nothing to do, the children and I decided to go out. While out driving to places that did have power, my four year old daughter asked, “Mommy, why do some people have power and others don’t?” I explained (as best I could) that there are power lines that provide us electricity in our homes. Certain power lines go to certain houses. If some of the power lines get damaged, then those homes will lose power. I went on to explain that if they ever see a downed wire, they should not touch it, because it would zap them and they would get really hurt. They still had puzzled looks on their faces, so I tried to relate it to something they would better understand. I said, “You know those white caps that we have in all of our sockets at home? Those are there because if you stick your finger inside, you will get zapped by the electricity.”
That’s when I found out the story behind the black mark on my son’s thumb.
My son responded by saying, “Wow, I did not know that. Remember when we were at Wendy’s house. I found a key and I stuck it in the socket really quick. It went pop.” I just about died. Sitting in the car, I realized that modern inventions may protect my children but they don’t teach “why” not to do certain things. Luckily, this was a newer home and the fuse blew.
*My kids are very close in age and my daughter (the youngest) was an early potty trainer while my son was a late one. One day I had them doing the potty training thing in the family room with a potty seat in the middle of the room and the TV on. I went into the kitchen for a minute to throw dinner in the oven. My daughter was about 18 months old at the time and speaking pretty well, but not in long, complete sentences… until that day. From the kitchen, I heard her sweet soft voice say “Uh-oh, Jayson went poopie on the carpet.” Loved the well structured sentence, hated the clean-up.
Do you have any “we can all laugh about it now” stories?