Thursday, November 19, 2009

Where's Mom?

Not long ago I attended a Women of Faith Conference. My son Scott is one of those clingy, mommy's boys, who hates to be without me for any length of time. Leaving the house is never easy, so a three day absence was a real trial for my husband. He did his best to explain to the kids where I went and that I would only be gone for a few "sleeps".

While I was gone, he and the three kids ventured to Costco. As women know, any time a man appears in public with his children but without his wife, other women are amazed. We feel the need to compliment the bravery of such daring husbands! Such was the case with the check-out lady at Costco.

While Sean and the kids waited, the checker smiled at the kids and told my husband he was a "brave soul" to bring three children to Costco alone. Then, she offered her smile to the kids. "Are you guys having a day out with dad? Where's mom today?" Big mistake.

Inside the shopping cart, Scott burst into tears. He told the lady, with his own special dramatic flair, "She went to be with Jesus!" The poor woman was unprepared for that answer. As she tried to apologize to my husband, who was laughing instead of comforting our child, Scott cried harder. "She left. She left us and went to Jesus!"

Scott kept crying. Sean kept laughing. The woman began crying. Finally, my husband choked down his laughter enough to explain the situation.

Next time that sweet woman sees a man alone with his children, She'll surely be afraid to ask, "Where's mom today?"

To me, children are a treasure trove of writing ideas (not to mention endless hours of entertainment & frustration). What are some of the best/worst "writeable" moments you've had with your children or from your own childhood memories?


Anissa said...

I am ROLLING over here. My own little buddy just came running in to ask, "What you laughing for?"

This is a great story! Made my day. :)

Thanks for visiting my blog, by the way. I followed you back, and love your butterflies. So cute!

Roni Loren said...

lol, that's hilarious. Poor cashier.

Angela Ackerman said...

HAHAHA!! That is so awesome! Oh I wish I could have been there to see the look on the clerk's face.

The question is, will hubby venture out with kids alone again?

*still howling with laughter*

BK Mattingly said...

Still smiling after reading your story!! Thanks for following me :) I always got strange glances from mothers when I took the 4 kids I used to babysit to the park. I think they thought all four were mine. That was a bit much considering at the time I was still in high school :) Great post!

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Hilarious story! :-)

jdsanc said...

That is so funny! Kids. Got to love that sort of honesty.
Very Cute site!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This is my all-time favorite Scott story, and believe me, there are plenty of them. :)

lisa and laura said...

Oh my gosh that is hilarious! You have to save this for him.

cleemckenzie said...

Hi,Shannon. I'm laughing too.What a story. That picture says a lot too. Adorable. How lucky you are.

Thanks for pooping in to say hi at The Write Game.

Corey Schwartz said...

Hi Shannon,

That is too funny! Send me a PB manuscript any time if you want a critique.


Julie Dao said...

HAHAHAH!!! I feel terrible for that poor woman. I bet she'll think twice before she comments on a family sans mom again! Your son is adorable. My brother was a mommy's boy too (and still is, though he's 19 and he'll kill me if he knew I was going around telling his secrets)!

Shannon O'Donnell said...


My husband is the biggest mommy's boy I've ever seen. All she has to do is leave town and he thinks our whole family will fall apart without her - it's too cute (and really annoying!). :)

tanita✿davis said...

*highly inappropriate snickering*

That POOR woman. She will next time just say, "And how are you handsome little guys today?" And LEAVE IT AT THAT.

Mr. O said...

HEY! You know I actually read your blog when you leave it up on the computer. Wait until you see what the house looks like the next time you leave for a weekend. :-)

The Husband

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