I used to be very interested in the great big world around me. I would love to watch the news and find out all about the interesting and sometimes awful things going on here on planet Earth. That has all changed since Iâ€™ve become a mother. Now Iâ€™m so uninformed if there is an actual apocalypse you might want to give me a call and let me know about it.
Some of you might be horrified by this revelation but I promise you itâ€™s not because Iâ€™m irresponsible or I donâ€™t care. Itâ€™s quite the opposite really and I think this morningâ€™s events with my son will demonstrate why:
I got my older children off to school but I was still feeling a little bit groggy and tired so I decided to turn on the morning news. My 5 year old son and his baby sister were playing at my feet seemingly oblivious to the dialogue coming from the newscasters on the tv.
After a few stories we hear this one, â€œA 9 year old boy shot and killed his 2 year old brother in the west valley last night. Apparently the boy took his momâ€™s boyfriendâ€™s gun from the closet and accidentally shot his younger brother who later died at the hospital.â€
My son looks up at me and say, â€œMom, why did that big boy shoot that little boy?â€
â€œOh honey, it was an accident. The big boy found a gun in his house and it accidentally went off and it shot his baby brother. You should never touch any guns that you find and never let your friends touch guns they find either!â€ I replied.
â€œOk mom, I will never touch real guns,â€ pledged my son.
We sat in silence for a few more minutes listening to the insignificant stories on the news until we heard this little snippet, â€œBritney Spears seems to be taking her new found freedom a little bit too far. She appears to be going out on the town and not wearing any underwear.â€
My son looks at me and say, â€œMom, why didnâ€™t that girl wear any underwear?â€
â€œI guess she just forgot to put them on when she was getting dressed,â€ I replied.
â€œShe really shouldnâ€™t forget to put her underpants on Mom,â€ my son stated.
â€œI know. She should really work on remembering to put on her underpants when sheâ€™s getting dressed,â€ I replied.
We go back to listening and playing for the next few minutes until we hear, â€œFlatulent passenger grounds flight in Tennessee.â€
Oh for the love of Pete!
â€œFruit salad! Yummy yummy!â€