today the lovely lara from kirin & co blogged about good things coming in threes. ironically it was me who pointed this out to her, so if you are visiting from lara's blog, howdy to you all! i hope you'll stay a while. i'm sorry if this is your first visit and you're stuck with me having a rant. anyway, today i had three horrible things happen and all were confrontational. now, i'm not good with confrontation, i turn in to a small child, i want to suck my thumb and run to my mummy. but, as i discovered, when it comes to my children, i turn into a tigress. (actually, for 'tigress' read stoppy teenager) first horrible incident happened when i took frank, my oldest, to pre-school. i parked next to a woman sitting in her car, and i was extra careful to tell frank to watch that our car door didn't bang into hers. well, according to this woman, it did (i stood right there and i didn't see it happen, but perhaps i'm blinded with love for my son) she jumped out of her car and barked (yep, like a dog) "watch the car! your door just SMASHED into my car." well, i can tell you people that our door did not smash into her car. I told her she was mistaken, that we'd been very careful not to. "yes, yes it did" she replied. so I muttered "whatever". so that was number 1 thing (of course i totally obsessed about this all morning.)
number 2 thing happened at the supermarket. arthur, my youngest, was in fine voice chatting and squeaking with excitement in the trolley when an old woman told him to shut up. i let this one ride because i wasn't totally sure what she said, frank told me later because he was nearer.
number 3 thing happened 5 minutes later when another old woman said "will someone please shut that child up!" i walked back to her and said "excuse me?" she replied "how dare you let that child make such a racket, how could you let him squeak like that?" and i said "how dare you be so rude to have a go at a happy, excited child? get a life." i was shaking with anger, but then of course the doubts crept in. was he being really loud and annoying? i mean, i'm the first to admit that he can communicate with dolphins at times, but i didn't think he was being especially awful, just having fun with his brother, helping with the shopping and laughing. there was a lady stacking shelves who heard the whole thing and she assured me that she was just being a miserable old bag. it was really horrible because my children, while they can be a pain in the bum alot of the time were actually being so good - food shopping is not the greatest of things to do for toddlers at the best of times.
isn't it interesting that things like this rarely happen, then a few things like it happen on the same day? why is that? answers on a postcard please.
i've not got any work to post today, i'm working on a piece for the lovely dawbis but i don't want to spoil the suprise! :)
have a good weekend everyone, and steer clear of old ladies in supermarkets.