Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Public embarrassment

I think it has often been said that children are just put on this earth to embarrass the hell out of their parents. Between the explosive diapers, spitting up on strangers, grocery store tantrums, inopportune farting and belching noises and the ever-present finger up the nose when meeting new people, it is certainly questionable why parents choose to take their young kids out in public at all.

We have now also just crossed into verbal embarrassment territory.

A week and a half ago Joris and I had joined my sister in law at a cool little consignment store. Christine was paying for a fabulous find and I told Joris that Auntie Chris just had to pay the lady and we'd be on our way. He then points to the 20-something year old cashier and yells "MAMA? THERE OLD LADY!".

Obviously, something was lost in translation...


At the Pinehurst Community meeting on Monday:

Joris: Mama?

Me: (whisper) Ja?

Joris: LOTS PEOPLE!

Me: (whisper) yes, there are lots of people here. We are listening to that man talk. Can you talk very quietly? Like this? Can you whisper?

Joris: (whisper) ja



Joris: DADDY! HE TALKING!

Jacob: (whisper) Yes, he is talking. We have to be quiet so we can listen what he has to say.

Joris: DADDY! HE ALSO TALKING!


Jacob and Joris had a similar exchange yesterday at the preschool train event, when all the little kids were quietly listening to an explanation about train whistles and signs.

Joris: DADDY, DADDY! THAT MAN TALKING!

Jacob: (whisper) Yes, he is talking, let's be quiet and listen to what he has to tell us.

Joris: DADDY! HE TALKING!!


It's still cute. Mostly. Sort of.
But I'm bracing myself for the time when the embarrassment over actual bodily functions will be replaced by embarrassment over the public discussion about said functions.

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