Kids say the darndest things, without filter and no ill intention. Just honesty, and I was reminded yesterday just how refreshing that is. Jack and I were at Island Way Grill in Clearwater for Sunday Brunch and while visiting the restroom, a small boy waited with his mother.
He was saying, ‘I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go, Mom’.
His mother calmly told him that they had to wait because, ‘all potties are occupied’.
‘You mean someone is in all of them?’, he asked.
‘Yes, they had to potty too’, replied his mother.
‘So I gotta hold my butt cheeks tight, like Gammy says?’
His mother laughed and replied, ‘yes, hold your butt cheeks tight’.
‘Do you have to go, Mom?’
‘Are you holding your butt cheeks tight, like Gammy says?’
‘Yes sweetie. Momma is holding her butt cheeks too.’
The little boy looks behind his mother, checking out her backside, and then looks up at her with big, beautiful eyes and a perfect button nose and says, ‘It doesn’t look like it to me, Mom. It is still pretty big back there’.
Reminding me how much I miss these days, and the innocence of a beautiful child. Although my 24 and 25-year-old do not have any trouble saying what is on their mind, even at their age, without filter. I have plenty similar stories from their childhood, and a few from their adulthood. I would not have it any other way.
I also was reminded how much I do not like buffets. Island Way Grill does a great job at it, and the weather was perfect to sit on their deck. Just $25 for oysters, smoked salmon, crawfish, shrimp, carving and omelet stations, salads, fruit, traditional brunch options, several dessert offerings and a mimosa. Service was attentive, polite and appropriate. I recommend making a reservation. However, people are very rude, in my experiences, at buffets. As if you are going to grab the last oyster or mini carrot cake.
The point of my sharing this story today is mixed. I’m missing my kids. The story was too cute not to share. A message to parents of young children; do not be embarrassed by what your child says. And to all of us, do not quiet the youth. A dose of their innocence and honesty could be what we all need a little more of today.
Have an awesome Monday, friends. Thank you for reading.
An adorable story and a wonderful sentiment even for those of us who don’t have children.
Robin King says
Thank you for reading, Jennifer.
Ken Zimmerman says
I can just visualize the little guy. This is especially poignant this week as we all prepare to celebrate moms everywhere. Wishing you a very happy Mother’s Day! I know you will be missing your kids.
Robin King says
Thank you for reading, and writing, Ken. The bittersweet adventure of parenting. I couldn’t me more happy for my children as they grow and follow their hearts, but I miss them every moment of every day! Hope that you had a blessed Father’s Day. You are a caring and generous dad and step-dad.
Nicely said Robin.