The other day we were out with friends for brunch. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were entrenched on a patio having a great meal. The Shorties were with us of course… We tried to carry on an adult (A-dult, not a-DULT) conversation with our pals that we haven’t seen in a while. It was challenging. After many tears Shorty #2 managed to pass out in her stroller in the midday heat (woohoo) but this left Shorty #1 looking to be entertained. “Mom, Mom, Mom” she bellowed across the table. When I didn’t immediately answer since I was listening intently to our friend recount a story, she yelled louder “Moooooooooommmmmm!!!!” Apologizing to our friend, I interrupted “Yes?” She looked me in the eye “I farted.” Okey dokey, thanks for that. I’ll alert the media.
We like to include the Shorties in our adult meals and conversations. I personally think its good education for them to learn by osmosis how to behave in these situations. I think it helps kids develop their own opinion and can give them the confidence to share their thoughts in a group. However, while they develop their inner monologue and hone the fine art of conversation they continue to share topics that are not exactly ideal for dinner parties.
Luckily, our friends who don’t have kids of their own have been exceedingly patient with our Shorties, welcoming them into the fold and encouraging their participation in the conversations. For this I am grateful for the part they play in the kids education. But it can be trying for them I’m sure as it can take several attempts to actually finish a story, if at all. For this I apologize. My post-partum brain after 2 babies hasn’t bounced back as well as I would have liked so I often struggle to stay on the topic and return to the story once interrupted. I’m working on that! Perhaps I’ll keep a notepad handy so I can jot down where we left off when the Shorties interject!