Friday, February 08, 2013

"You've sure got your hands full!"

You're shopping with your children, trying to work your way through the cereal aisle.  You have one, two, three, four, five kids.  It doesn't matter how many.  As long as they carry an atmosphere of noisy chaos wherever they go.  Constantly on the brink of disaster.  You're used to it.  Sure, you'd prefer to shop without them, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.  And today you are out of Honeycomb.

Other shoppers can hear you two aisles over, and you just know they are hurrying their carts the other way, hoping to avoid you.  Because maybe they left their kids at home, and maybe they aren't in the mood.  Some of them, though, looking at cereal right alongside you, can't help but lock eyes with you.

"Wow," they say, smiling in a sure-glad-it's-you-and-not-me way. "You've sure got your hands full!"

Yeah, I hear it all the time.  We all do.  Moms of special needs children, moms of multiples, moms of big families in general.  All the time.  Don't you wish you had a good comeback, other than just a laugh and a shrug?  Here's some suggestions. 

Feel free to add yours in the comments.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!

For when you want to remain polite:

Yeah, I get that a lot.

Yes, and we like them that way!

They keep me out of trouble!

For when you want to be a smart-ass:

It could be worse - he could be twins/they could be triplets/quads/ etc. (whatever would be more than what you have...)

I'm sorry, what did you say?  Couldn't hear you over the din.  Could we chat later, in about 12 years when my kids are less of a handful?

Yep.  My hands, my house, my minivan, my grocery cart, pretty much everything except my bank account.

For when you just want to be clever:

No, not really, they all fit in my pocket.

(smile and wink) You should see the ones I left at home!

Well, luckily, I have learned how to juggle!

You've got to have a sense of humor about it.  Or else you'll end up imagining a wild scenario where stacks of soup cans suddenly fly off the shelves and pummel people who say things like that.  Not that I've ever done that.

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