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Smashed eggs

13th November 2007

Smashed eggs

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On days that I don’t have the car, I normally take a walk with the kids, just to get us all out of the house. Today we went egg-smashing. Perhaps I should give you a bit of background?

There is a supermarket within walking distance of our house and, since we needed milk, I loaded up the kids in the double pram with Precious walking alongside and off we went. This particular store has small, child-size trollies that my girls love. They each got a trolley and pushed alongside me as I pushed the double pram. Precious(4yo)  is pretty good at it, but Cutie (2yo) struggles to go straight. You can see where this is going, can’t you?

First we picked up some beef mince that I’ll cook and freeze to add to Little Boy’s baby food. That went into Precious’s cart. We walked further to the milk case and got two gallons of milk, one in each girl’s cart. Then we got to the eggs. I bought 2 dozen and put one into each girl’s cart. What I didn’t tell you is that we almost upended a display on the way to the milk. And I was constantly talking to Cutie to remind her to straighten out, watch for others, look where she’s going, etc.

We got everything we needed and headed to the checkout. There was an older woman in a wheelchair kind of hanging out in the middle of the front aisle, so we had to maneouvre   around her.  In the process, Cutie was about to run into a fragile endcap, so I quickly righted her and turned back around, only to hear a CRASH. Her cart turned over, she fell down, and the eggs didn’t stand a chance. I thought they were okay, but a store employee quickly came over to help us and he picked up the eggs as they dripped onto his hand :( He happily brought us a replacement dozen - should I have offered to pay for the ones we broke?

We paid for everything and headed outside. It took me a few minutes to get everything sorted out in the pram so we could walk home. While I was doing that, several old women that were waiting for their ride back to the retirement village where they lived, were openly talking about me and the kids. I hate that. They hadn’t seen the egg debacle. They were just talking about how many kids I have.

People, I have THREE children. THREE. That’s not 20. Yes, that’s slightly above average, but it’s not like I have quintuplets. I hate it when people think I have too many kids, too close together, or whatever.

Then as we walked away another woman stopped me while she stared at the kids. She asked if the girls were twins. This happens all the time. Our girls are 22 months apart. That’s nearly two years. Can they see? Are they blind??

m,nnm

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  1. 1 On November 13th, 2007, becominglikehim said:

    I had a blast reading about prams, trollies, and beef mince!
    I am aware of the first two…I have guessed at the third…so what is beef mince exactly?

    I scratch my head at the three kids is alot thing with the older crowd…seems people had more kids back then…maybe since they are old it looks exhausting to them????

    Oh, well. We live in a community where 4 or 5 is the average usually more….

  2. 2 On November 13th, 2007, jen said:

    i really dont think people look properly at babies and toddlers
    have you noticed that people often ask if its a boy when a girl is dressed all in pink

  3. 3 On November 14th, 2007, Dawn C said:

    Don’t get me started. People are just oblivious any more, I think. (Perhaps because rudeness is simply so acceptable.)

    When we have been in those situations, I’ve been OH SO tempted to turn to our children and say something like, “Oh look children, those women, who all ought to know better are gawking and talking about us. Let’s return the favor and see if they appreciate it.” I know, I know, BAD DAWN. I have never done it though - does that count for anything?!! :)

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