We were at Costco the other day, after a full day of errands that I did NOT feel ready for (that holiday week just messed me up), and keeping the kids from climbing into or on the huge displays of everything was wearing on me. I was not thinking of the special joys my children bring, or of their uniqueness and purpose. The hassle was all I could see.
We accepted a few samples along the way (fewer for Little Artist and her dietary limitations), and came upon the dinosaur-shaped chicken nugget stand. The lady smiled at the girls and said, “I have your favorite thing right here! Chicken nuggets!”
Organique grinned at her the same way she had before the grandiose announcement, and I asked her, “have you ever had a chicken nugget, honey?”
“No,” shaking her head, still grinning. The lady looked from her to me, with some astonishment. Big Sister spoke up, “oh yeah, I think I had these once.” Shock registered on the sample-giver’s face. I smiled and mentioned that we DO eat chicken, it’s just usually shaped more like a chicken, and less like a dinosaur, since we raise them ourselves…. and the work involved to get it to nugget-stage just wouldn’t be worth it. 🙂 Her eyebrows rose a bit and she said she wouldn’t know how to do that (raise and process chickens) at all. I smiled again and pointed to Big Sister and Little Artist. “It’s not too hard. They can do the whole thing, on their own.” The shock returned to the lady’s expression, but it included a bit less of “horrified” than the earlier nugget-less revelation. I think she was amazed.
And I got a little reminder, in the midst of a hard day, that my girls are not wholly trouble and trial. They are pretty amazing, too. 🙂
And the fact that I look with joy at my girls because they each can eviscerate an entire chicken on their own (several, actually), and identify all the pertinent parts… Well, that confirms that I’m a freak, I’m pretty sure. I look forward with both anticipation and trepidation to the day when our children look back on their childhood and realize just how bizarre we truly are… 🙂