Friday, April 22, 2005
Animals & Crackers
Shopping at the warehouse
It's been a while. Sorry. Haven't felt like writing much. I could use bipolarism as an excuse, but for more than one reason, I won't. At least I will get one entry into my April archive.
A few weeks back, a good friend of mine and I ventured out to one of our favorite places....Sam's Club. (We don't have a Costco anywhere near here or that is the warehouse I would prefer.) Between us, we had three children under three year old. We joined the rest of the desperate homosapiens at the demo tables. Unlike other species, we patiently waited our turns at our chance for little pieces of pizza, smoothie demonstrations English tea cakes, and the chicken salad.
After Sophia complained of the taste of the chicken salad and spit her remaining portion into my napkin, the sweet elderly demo lady offered our girls just a plain Club cracker. They each were delighted as she offered them one for each of their chubby hands.
A few aisles down from the frozen foods, Sophia was trailing behind. She dropped her cracker on the cement floor. The lady standing close by her, yelled out to me that he cracker was now "dirty". Dirty is a relative term. When you have three children, dropping a cracker onto a floor does not constitute dirty.....if it was a sucker and had been dropped onto the floor of the van and retreived with lint, remnants of cheerios, and other foreign objects then it would be "dirty". Even then, if I had a bottle of water close by to wash it off, the sucker could still be salvagable(depending upon my childs' desperation for it and my need to please the child at the time).
So, like any other responsible mother, I yanked the cracker from Sophia's hand. I said, "No no, Sophia, it is dirty." Sophia looked at me perplexed, but luckily she is my mild mannered child, and she didn't yell out, "Mom, you always let me eat my stuff of the floor, it's not that dirty, just brush it off." As soon as we got around the corner out of earshot from the very paranoid mother I handed the cracker back to Sophia and said, "Here you go." Letting her digest the cracker was much easier than hunting for a garbage can, and besides...it's good for her immune system.