Thursday, September 10, 2009

Couth.

Some people lack it, and I would put my almost four year old firmly in that category. Although, what little she has is more than I can say for some adults I know.

I took the girls to the mall yesterday to waste time and pick up a couple of gifts for upcoming birthdays. I promised the Munchkin last time we were there that I would let her jump on the the Euro Bungee. Keeping my word and forking over my $10, I took her over there and they hooked her up. She loved it, she went sky high and didn't want to stop.

After what seemed like eternity 10 or so minutes, I told her it was about time to go. I was getting nauseous just watching and she started looking a little green herself, although Dude would have been covered in vomit before the smile faded from her face.

As we were thanking the man, and this is where it gets ugly, like a train wreck. It happened so fast, yet so slow and all at the same time.... We were thanking the man, the Munchkin looked up at him, I was turning away, an elderly man tapped me on the hand, Munchkin says, "Why are all of your teeth falling out," elderly man asks me about the twinlets, toothless man's hand goes up to his teeth, I say something to the elderly man, the toothless man says something to the Munchkin.... then I do what every good responsible Mom does in that situation, I walked off leaving the Munchkin behind me with Oma.

She asked a man why his teeth were falling out! I felt awful, I had no idea what to do or say, I walked off after muttering another quick thank you. I know that can't be the right thing, but was it wrong?

I have since had another talk with the Munchkin about how people look different and that's cool. You can be short, tall, big, skinny, black, white, toothless, toothfull but at the end of the day we are all just people. I know she's a kid, taking in and trying to process this colorful world we live in, but I'll be damned if it isn't costing me some dignity and the little bit of grace I used to have.

1 comment:

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

We were in Home Depot one day when my 4-year-old asked a man on crutches why his leg was cut off (he was an amputee). Kids are just full of that stuff.