One of the things I stress to parents is that perspective is an amazing thing. Even the slightest shift in perspective can yield a dramatically different outlook.
Cat Poop for Breakfast
We took Emmett to Dennys this morning for breakfast. We rarely get to do this but today he was asking for sausage patties, so we thought we would get him out for a little bit after taking the boys to school.
Emmett is experiencing a very independent streak at the moment. So after we were seated, he insisted on ordering for himself.
I ordered a bowl of oatmeal and Lizze ordered some eggs and toast.
Then it happened, and this is how it went down:
Emmett: I order
Daddy: Emmett tell her what you would like to have.
Waitress: What can I get for you sweetheart?
Daddy: He’s saying sausage
Waitress: Sausage? Would you like………
Emmett: and… cat poop….
Daddy/Mommy: Emmett John!!
Emmett: Sausage, cat poop and cat pee….please (said with a big smile)
Waitress: Kids retain the most bizarre things and share them at the worst possible time.
Not that it needs to be said but there will always be that one person that will be concerned. We have not, nor will we ever, feed any of our kids, any kind of poop or pee…..just so we’re clear. 🙂
With that said, we have, at times, while trying to help the kids decide what they want to eat, thrown in the occasional bizarre thing like, cat poop or cat pee.
This was totally meant to be a joke or to simply help them choose, by offering them something, we thought, they would not want to eat. It would always make them giggle.
However, clearly this has had an unintended affect….
This was the highlight of my day:-)
Many parents may have been embarrassed but I’m grateful that he was able to even say that he wanted sausage, cat poop and cat pee, in the first place. This time last year, I didn’t know if he would even speak.
Everything is a matter of perspective, instead of being embarrassed by his words, I’m embracing them for what they really are…..progress.