Last week I had to run in to the grocery store quickly on the way home for one missing dinner ingredient. My youngest daughter insisted on getting a cart because her new shoes were bugging her. I picked her up and plunked her into the cart and headed into the store for the one ingredient.
Half way to the bakery section my older daughter jumped on the back of the cart. As I turned and manoeuvred through the store with both girls in the cart it began to feel like I was steering a freight ship! “Wow this cart is heavy”, I said and then asked my eldest daughter to hop off as it was too awkward to push. She promptly replied in her clearest voice, “it’s fine you need the workout”. From behind a display I heard a fellow shopper giggling at my 6 year old’s matter of fact comment.
I wasn’t overly embarrassed given the giggling lady and I hadn’t made eye contact so, I continued on to the free cookie basket at the bakery in hopes a treat would keep the girls in line while we checked out. Just as the bakery employee was handing me the second cookie, I noticed a lady approaching us. She leaned in and whispered, “you deserve a cookie too after your workout!”. And off she went giggling!
Surviving motherhood, gracefully!
P.S. I totally ate a cookie for surviving embarrassing mom moment number 2,374