Harsh, right? Well, I have been known to be insensitive and outright brutal at times.
Perfect example: Yesterday, Jared had been complaining about his ankle hurting. He explained that he tried to ‘crack it’ a couple of days ago, but apparently it has been stuck mid-crack. Yep, sounds pretty painful. After I picked him up from school I had to witness the dramatic theatrical displays of a child in severe pain (except, of course, when a friend came over – then his ankle miraculously healed in time to BOOK IT to the front door).
After we ran some errands, we ended up at the local burger joint for dinner. Leah and I were waiting outside at the table when Jared came out the door and headed our way. All of a sudden, he started flailing around like only the bottom part of his body was seizing and dramatically flung himself onto the closest chair! (You will notice the word ‘dramatic’ quite often when I am talking about 1 or both of my children…..get used to it) So, what does his caring, loving, attentive mother do at the sight of her precious boy in obvious pain? That’s right….LAUGH HYSTERICALLY! Seriously, almost out of my chair! I couldn’t stop myself, it was so freakin’ funny! Jared was yelling at me ‘You are SO BRUTAL mom!!!’ But it didn’t take him long before he was laughing too. He just shook his head and rubbed his ankle.
Jared: ‘What is WRONG with you?!’
Me: ‘Your pain makes me laugh’ (snicker snicker snort….)
Jared busted out laughing and we BOTH completely lost it. He is totally physically fine and he will take with him, NOT the memory of his mother tending to his every need, but of him being able to shake it off and have a belly-rolling laugh about it on the patio of our local burger joint.
Oh – and to kill some more time, we played hangman. *I* chose the phrase while the kids guessed. Jared just shook his head:
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ thats right “YOUR PAIN MAKES ME LAUGH”