Sometimes, we parents (and even non-parents - anyone who has interacted with a child will do!) are forced into saying the strangest things, and we can only shake our heads and laugh.
Here is my "duct-tape your mouth shut" moment:
Micah, as a toddler, liked bouncy balls of all shapes and sizes. His favorites, though, were the ones filled with air, and about four inches in diameter. A steady walker, he always had one in each hand, wherever he went.
Corban, being a typical four-year-old big brother, liked to jump on the balls with his feet. I had repeatedly asked him not to, because I was afraid they would pop!
One evening, as Kevin and I sat together and the boys played on the living room floor, Corban did it again. I got to my feet and headed towards him, saying firmly, "Corban, I've told you and told you - stop jumping on Micah's balls!"
Well, dear reader, I did not find anything funny in that statement. Until I looked at Kevin, who was bright red and clamping his lips together, trying to hold in the laugh that was threatening to undo my discipline.
Now, whenever I am asked to tell the story, (which is often - my family thinks it is hilarious!) I am very careful with my wording.
"Micah used to love, um, those spherical things?"
"Yes, those, anyway, he always had one with him..."
And the title of this post comes from a conversation we had as we pressed our noses to the goldfish bowl and watched Buzz and Woody swim aimlessly around. Buzz had apparently eaten too much, Corban wanted to know why, and that was that. Another moment. Another laugh.
What's your story? Have you ever found yourself saying something you never thought you would? Do tell!