We Parents need practical advice on how to handle real-life parenting scenarios: Say you are driving. Your toddler is riding in the back, strapped into her car seat, which you have probably installed incorrectly. Suddenly, your child receives one of those transgalactic radio signals that children get from the Planet of Random Thoughts, and declares: "Birds don't have eyebrows." You agree with this statement. Your child then says: "But I have eyebrows." Again you agree. The backseat is silent for a moment. Then there is a loud wail of anguish. "What's wrong?" you ask. "I CAN'T FIND MY EYEBROWS!!!" the child wails. "It's OK!" you say. "You have eyebrows! On your head! In the front!" "BUT I DON'T FEEL THEM!" your child wails. You can't pull off the road. Your child is getting hysterical. you are starting to wonder if your child did, somehow, lose her eyebrows while in your care, in which case you sill be in serious trouble when you get home.
At the time, Josh was about 2 or 3 and we thought this was hysterical! It's been on our refrigerator for years. When ever I need a chuckle, I read it.
Little did I know that Dave Barry, is clairvoyant. I had the following conversation with Sam yesterday while we were in the car:
Sam: "Mom! I don't have any eyebrows!"
Me: "Yes you do Sam. They are right above your eyes. They are very light and hard to see. Can you feel them?"
Sam: "No!" he starts crying that fake cry of his, "I don't have any eyebrows!"
Me: "Yes you do Sam. I'll show you later."
He calms down (for a bit) then starts crying about something else.
Later we went to see Santa at the mall and we were on the way home. He was playing with his prized Winnie the Pooh stuffed toy.
Sam: "Winnie the Pooh has ears. I have ears too. Winnie the Pooh doesn't have eyebrows."
Me: "Ooookaaaay.... Did you find your eyebrows Sam?"
Sam: "No. I don't have any! I can't see them!!!"
Me: "I'll show them to you when we get home, okay Sammy?"
Sam: sounding a bit worried... "Okay... Mom, are you going to take my head off to show me?"
Needless to say, I laughed so hard I cried.