I was on the phone with a friend today while my two girls played outside. I was watching from the back door and noticed that the three year old was chewing something. This is never a good feeling when you're the mommy and you know you haven't given your children anything to eat. And they are outside. Where it is really muddy and yucky. In the middle of our phone conversation, my friend heard:
Me: "What are you eating?!"
Three Year Old: "Ice."
Me: "Yuck!! No, that ice has lots of yucky stuff in it!"
Me: "Lots of yucky stuff is in that ice like maybe..bird poop!!" (Do other mothers use such exaggeration to get their children to stop doing gross things?)
No response. Child keeps chewing.
Me: Yuck! Spit it out!"
Finally, the three year old obeys and spits out the ice.
At which point my friend said, "You know, we should write a book or something. The things that we hear each other say on the phone, without really seeing what's going on, are just so silly. Imagine if some random person heard that."
It's true, when you're a mother, you could be quoted saying some really, really weird things. I wonder what the neighbors think?