Yesterday, we were on about Day 7 of both girls being sick. We were all feeling quite irritable and cabin feverish. As something interesting to do that would get us out of the house and not involve them going out in the cold or coughing and spluttering on anyone else, we decided to go for a drive ‘to see the sea’.
Of course going for drives often means that both girls fall asleep which provides some much needed peace, quiet and space for mom! To make it just little more fun and interesting I decided we could stop at the drive –thru for some chippies for the girls and a coffee for me.
I have a bit of a thing about hearing people chew. It annoys me immensely, even more so when my levels of irritation are already raised. So I said to the girls, ‘Girls, remember that we chew with our mouths closed’ and a bit later: ‘I don’t want to hear you chewing those chips.’
They responded to this with various protests about how they were chewing with their mouths closed and that you couldn’t chew without making a noise etc etc.
The conversation changed and we carried on with our drive with the older one chatting away and the younger one in a mood telling us both to be quiet! In the meantime I still had coffee to drink. As I picked up my coffee my three year old daughter pipes up from the back: ‘Mom, I don’t want to hear you drinking that coffee!!’. And with that promptly fell asleep.
That little comment instantly snapped me out of my mood and I couldn’t stop laughing. It changed my day. Isn’t it amazing how kids have the ability to hold up a mirror and let us laugh at ourselves!