They just wanted to crawl in a hole and hide
Children can be the best blessing ever bestowed upon you and loved ones; they can be fulfilling, exciting, and so much fun to watch grow and learn. At times, however, they can be the bane of your existence, especially when they do the most embarrassing things that make you want to run away and say they aren’t yours. This is about those kinds of times.
A Cool Leg
My then four-year-old ran up to a man with a prosthetic leg and poked it and started badgering him about why he had a “spring” foot (it was one of the blade style ones meant for running, I guess?)
While I’m dying of shame while trying to pull her away and apologizing profusely, he just starts laughing and takes it off to show her. He explained that he had cancer and his leg was ‘sick’ and the doctor took it away so it wouldn’t make the rest of him sick too, then they gave him the new leg so he could still run. Cool dude! (redqueenswrath)
The Littlest Reaper
My four-year-old daughter was in a period where she would ask and talk about death a lot. When she asked us if we were going to die, we told her yes, but that we planned on living for a long time and that most people die when they are really really old.
The week after that, we were walking on a sidewalk and walked by an old man. My daughter loudly said: “Mom, he is going to die soon because he is so old.” (no_user_name8)
I was walking into a brand new Walmart with my son, and my baby in the Snugli. Son (now 28) was 3. I was holding his hand and he was pretty tall, a guy in a wheelchair was right next to him and son says, “Hey, why are you in that thing”? Normally he was pretty quiet but anything “mechanical” looking fascinated him.
I took a deep breath and before I knew it, this guy is explaining being wheelchair bound to my little guy! (Turns out he had a degenerative condition). The two of them chatted for a minute it was really very sweet. PS- Son is now a disability rights lawyer. (ctnomom)