“You’ve lost weight,” I told Tracey this morning as I had to shimmy past her in the bus hallway to get to my coffee.
“I have not,” she countered.
“Actually, Mum,” said Master12, “you have.”
Sometimes your kids say the most wonderful things. And sometimes…
“Mum, can I ask you a personal question?” said Miss10.
Tracey had taken her op shopping around Narrabeen for jackets. We try to take one kid with us when we’re running chores so they get our attention without the background stress of their siblings.
“Sure,” said Tracey, wondering where this was leading.
You really never know what’s going to come out of Miss10’s mouth: She’s the magic eight ball of children.
“Were you raised the same as what you’re raising us?” she asked.
“What do you mean?” asked Tracey, assuming she was about to get a lecture on parenting along the lines of we’re doing it wrong.
“Were your parents as gross as you and Dad?”
Tracey went to explain our parents weren’t gross, but then realised that was essentially agreeing we were.
“Define gross?” she asked instead.
“You know,” Miss10 said, “gross.”
When Tracey was retelling the story to me later that day, I confess at this point I wondered if our daughter meant how I know I have one nostril much smaller than the other: as in one barely fits a pinky while the other has wiggle room after housing a thumb.
“We’re not gross,” Tracey corrected her.
“Yes, you are. You’re always making rude jokes with each other. You know,” and at this point she screwed up her face so much it looked like a raisin impersonation,”kissing…and stuff. It’s a bit disgusting. But did your parents do it too?”
“They did a bit,” said Tracey.
Mine too. A bit. I think, if I’m honest, we’re a bit more open and flirty about it. But then we have a lot more kids than they have so the opportunities to sneak a kiss or hug in private aren’t as forthcoming.
“It’s just,” Miss10 went on, finally coming around to her point, “I’m worried.”
“Worried? About what?”
“That one day I’ll be as gross as you. I’m hoping it’s not hereditary.”
So it was lovely to have a bit of yin and yang, with Master12 balancing out Miss10’s gross disclosure with the revelation he thinks Tracey’s losing weight.
“You’ve lost so much weight,” insisted Master12 . “You’re looking really, really good, Mum.”
“You really think so?” said Tracey, visibly chuffed.
He’s such a sweetie, our boy. He always seems to know just what to say. Right up until the point he doesn’t.
“Yeah, absolutely,” he went on. “You used to be so fat.”
Raising a family on little more than laughs
This post isn’t sponsored, although Destination NSW organised for us to stay in Tamworth and Lake Keepit. The fuel to get there, the food, the flat tyres (yep, two) were all on us.
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