Ducky Diaries: Parent Trap

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Parent Trap

par·ent  (pârnt, pr-)
1. One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or mother.
2. An ancestor; a progenitor.
3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
4. A guardian; a protector.

Once you become a parent, there is usually a defining moment that makes you realize that you are in fact now a parent.  And weirdly, I've noticed it isn't the birth of said child.   The moment itself is brought on by something way less dignified.    

For example,   dinner time.   

 I'm standing at the stove, placing; corn, pork chop, potato salad and Phineas and Ferb macaroni and cheese, onto my 16 month olds dinner plate and Tom is asking me what Zachary and I want to drink ie milk, water or apple juice, nothing seems out of the ordinary.   

We sit to enjoy our meal.  And that's when it hits me halfway through a bite.   I am eating Phineas and Ferb macaroni and cheese!!!  We are drinking milk out of plastic kids cups!!!   

What the heck happened here!?   When did this become our normal???  

I don't know!  I don't even think I can give you a definite answer.  It just is.  It just became normal at some point.   And oddly I am okay with life, the way it is.    

So I continue eating my dinner and I go to give myself a pat on the back, when I graze my neck and feel something crusty and chunky.  I pray that it's food, or anything other than what I know it's going to be...   But it's not.  It's a huge crusty string of my childs boogers.  

This is parenting.  

Eating little cheese covered people, drinking milk out of kids cups, wiping boogers off yourself. 

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