I get strange looks from people on a regular basis, so it's not like I'm sensitive or anything. Go ahead, throw me a look. See? Nothing. Doesn't bother me.
I was in the store trying to juggle 3 kids - 10 year old picking on 5 year old, 5 year old teasing baby, baby squealing in what I'm hoping passes as delight. I stop the cart because I CAN'T THINK and I say to 10 & 5 year old. "Really? Haven't I spent 10 years training you guys NOT to act like monkeys?" Blank looks. "O.K. look, if you go play in the freeway until I'm done I'll give you 5 bucks and I promise I'll pick you up on the way home this time."
What the lady in front of me didn't see was the eye rolling and head shaking. She turns and throws me as wilting of a look as she could muster and rushes away, presumably to file a report with CPS.
Commence 10 year old's response of brain damaging eye rolling and "Whatever." 5 year old's response is "Mom, you know that isn't safe. The cars are really big." Wherein I say, "Ok, how about the parking lot? It's not as exciting, but can still be a lot of fun." Looks. More of those looks. But this time coming from my own children.
You know, it's so sad to realize that your kids might be onto you. Apparently, I'm going to have to step up my game.
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