Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Funnies

I recently answered how I reply to comments about large families. But in the last few weeks I've gotten some good ones. Thinking about them now makes me giggle. I'll tell you how I replied and what I wanted to say (note, I didn't say I said it.. only wanted to say it)

~ The other day I took all the kids into the post office. We were behind a man in his late 20's, no wedding ring, obvious dislike of children by frequent disapproving looks over his shoulder with plenty of frowns at my kids and head shaking. At one point he catches my eye, nods to Liam, and says "His shoes are on the wrong feet." (You have to understand that whenever Liam wears his crocs he switches them while riding in his car seat to be on the wrong feet. When we're going somewhere important I be sure to check first. But we were in a hurry.) I look down at Liam's feet, I look up at the man and say "Yes. They are," very seriously. He just gives me this perplexed look that I took to mean "You aren't going to fix that??" I don't want a melt down in the post office, so I just say "It's important to him to dress himself." What I wanted to say was "Your mother called, she's glad you know which shoes go on the right feet by now."

~ When Jake was out of town for a while the kids needed a special treat so we went to rent some DVD's. In the store, we're waiting in line. They're getting a little antsy as it's getting close to dinner time. As we're checking out another woman with children is checking out at the other register. The woman behind her looked at me and said "One of you should have waited in the car."

Uhh.... what? I think my jaw hit the floor. I was thinking "Really? Which child should I have left unattended??" instead, I said "Excuse me?" She points to the woman with children in front of her and says "Aren't you two together?" Ah clearly, us mothers travel in packs.

And the winner of most amusing to me was from just a few days ago:

~ I had the 5 kids in the grocery store picking out fresh produce. We were talking about what we were getting, how much, etc. A woman walks by with her husband, does a 180 walks past us again and stops in front of my cart. Pointing with her index finger she starts counting my children, loudly "ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE! Did I just count to FIVE??"

I couldn't help myself this time. I said "Yes, you did. You can count to five." I admit to thinking "Very good, my preschooler can count past five." But I didn't say that!! She said "I mean, you have 5 children??" I said "Yes I do." She walked away "Wow... I counted 5 kids."

I was impressed too ;-)


Sam said...

wow, I'm impressed she can count at all!!! I suppose it must the sheer novelty of seeing anyone with more than two children!! My brothers and I make four, so it's no biggie to me!

Rissa said...

Oh, this made me laugh! I can totally hear you saying, "Yes, they are," to that one guy :)

The last one was definitely my favorite, too! I honestly don't understand why anyone in their right mind (although, whether she was in her right mind, we'll never know) would say something like that! Silliness, I tell you! I love your response. Genius, sheer genius. :)

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Too funny - I needed a good laugh! Thanks. :)

Kathryn said...

Ha! Don't you love (?!) unsolicited comments/advice? At least they make for entertaining blog fare ... :-)

Sunday Blessings!

Mrs. Querido said...

I am at a loss for words...

Glad you can keep your sense of humor about it all. I would have wanted to say something mean and snarky! ESPECIALLY to the last woman who proved she can count to five. People are sooooo insensitive. And anal retentive too!

Oh, and kudos to you for hauling all the kiddos through the grocery store...I am not that brave after the first and last meltdown in the middle of a full cart I decided that daddy is going to keep them and I will shop ALONE. :)

Thanks for the laughs...I loved the parts of what you REALLY wanted to say but was too gracious to.

Blessings on you and your brood!

Oh, and maybe next time someone gets mean and snarky you should let one of the younger kiddos set them straight, as only preschoolers can do... :)

Kama said...

Wow people can be rude, those stories made me laugh though glad you took it in stride!

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

I can totally relate, even though I only have 3. I live in a country that only allows one child, so we are definitely odd!

Please consider adding your link to my site on Wednesday for the humor should be alot of fun.

Eliza Ray said...

Oh man. If I were you in the post office. I don't think I would have been so kind. Same with the video store thing. Ugh. So rude!

Christie O. said...

i'm always aghast at how rude people can be! i'm glad too that you can maintain your sense of humor about it!

David said...

lol. Wow. Great stories. The kind that are good to tell people and laugh about.

I love the sarcasm.