Where’s my prize?!

Ah, children. As mentioned before and by so many others, children say what they want, when they want. It’s our job to teach them about the filter. We as parents help them exercise and strengthen that filter. (Well, we try anyway!)

But I’ve also said earlier that children’s lack of filter is sometimes- many times- down right hilarious.

And of course, I shall provide an example.

Public bathrooms…a mecca of potential inappropriate and loud commentary from a child as he or she hears things that require a comment or imitating noise. Obviously, the child within us hears things and laughs on the inside. I believe God made farts to give us all a little chuckle. Of course, flatulence relieves gas build up inside the body, but come on…the noise? That’s simply for human pleasure.

Here’s the philosophical cause and effect of farting:

Farting makes noise+ farting noise makes us laugh + laughter releases endorphins = therefore farting is essential to good health.

You’re welcome.

I say all of this to say…I took a child to the public bathroom recently- a women’s restroom. We found a stall and began our routine of “going potty”. As a woman, I am immune to many sounds in the women’s restroom and didn’t even think of it when I heard someone in the stall next to us begin to prepare for her feminine hygiene change by opening packaging. (Sorry all, that’s the most proper way I could think of describing it)

So, my girl child begins her “tinkles” and also hears the woman in the stall beside us begin her preparations by opening various packages and whatnot. My sweet girl, without hesitation and still sitting on the potty, blurts out “Mommy, why does she get a prize and I didn’t?! I want a prize!”

What do you say to that? All I could do is laugh. And thankfully, the woman next to us laughed as well and then said, “Honey, you don’t want the prize I have!”

All’s well that ends well, I suppose.

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