"Mom, how does the Tooth Fairy fly through the air?"
"How do YOU think?"
"I think moms do it."
"Ah."
"But how can a Mom be a Tooth Fairy?"
"Good moms are lots of things, Princess."
"OH."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Good Timing

The BEST thing ever happened in the waiting room before Princess's psychiatric appointment. The door opened, and into the waiting room came a police officer with

Dum dum dum DUM

a very young woman in county jumpsuit and tethered handcuffs.

The Cuddle Bear and I went about what we were doing, and so did Princess- to the naked eye. But I could feel her. Every time the woman moved, Princess stopped what she was doing and froze. I fully expected her to ask a question while the woman was in the room. I'm glad she waited, because I would have said what I did regardless of the audience. The woman was finally called in, and Princess turned to me and asked it:

"Mom, why was she wearing handcuffs?"

So I said it.

"Princess, I think she lives in jail. I wonder if she didn't practice obeying rules when she was a kid, so it was too hard to do it as a grown-up, too."

I love being inadvertently backed up by life.





(Disclaimer: please do not think I was not sensitive to this woman and her situation and all the variables in her life. I am. Although her snottiness to the officer gave one pause for thought.)

3 comments:

  1. Ok...I admit it....I am ROTFLMAO because you've got to love real life teachable moments. This one was huge.

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  2. Extraordinary! Something similar happened to me when I was with my foster son. In this case though, the message was to me, the hyper-forgiving one, too. She looked both intelligent, and even nice at first look - in any case my first instinct was to see HER as a victim, until she, too, started being rude and disrespectful to whoever was with her - using vulgarity and poor grammar, to boot! I had to remind myself that I am not always the best judge of character at a glance.

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