My neighbor friend and myself are chatting by our community pool (located right across from my house), while our girls swim around in the pool. All of a sudden my daughter jumps out.
E: mommy, I need to go potty! (looking towards the house)
Neighbor: honey, there is a restroom right here (pointing in the direction of the poolside restrooms)
E: mommy, I think I want to go potty at home
Neighbor: you are so lucky. It’s like having your private pool without the maintenance.
Me: Suddenly we hear someone screaming.
Neighbor: is that E calling for you?
Me: I think so.
I rush out thinking it is some kind of emergency. Or else why would she call for me knowing I am by the pool? Note: at least part of our neighborhood heard her yelling for me. It had to be an emergency, right?
I enter the house and rush up the stairs to her bathroom where her voice originates.
Me: are you okay? What happened?
E: my poop looks different than it normally does
E is doing her math worksheet – multiplication by 7. All her answers are wrong.
Me: how did you come up with these answers?
E: well, I started with 7×6=49 and just went with that for the rest
Before I hop into the shower in the morning, I remind E, who is sitting on the potty, to brush and get dressed after she’s done. I get in and out of the shower and that girl is still sitting where I left her.
Me: what is the matter? Are you not done going potty?
E: I think something will eventually come out
Next morning, #3 repeats itself till I get into the shower. Suddenly I hear her calling for me in the same tone of desperation and pitch as mentioned in #1. Since this time around I think I am smarter, I ignore thinking it will stop. The yelling continues for about 5 minutes. I begin to think it might really be an emergency. Also, because I don’t want my neighbors to start complaining. I turn off the shower, barely wrap a towel around myself and rush out towards her bathroom where she still sits on the potty, dangling her feet.
Me: what is the matter?
E: were you running on the treadmill?
Me: you were yelling for me for that? why does it even matter?
E: oh, I was just wondering…
We are listening to songs. “Abhi tow party shuru hui hai” starts playing.
E: mommy, mommy, I have to tell you something
E: last weekend when I was at this party with daddy, the grownups were all singing this song.
Me: that’s cool. Are you sure they were singing and not dancing?
E: yes, they were singing. I think one of the aunties said “abhi tow party shuru hui hain” and they all started singing the song.
Me: cool! Did you dance? (because she ALWAYS dances to this song)
Me: well, did you sing along with them or let them know you know the song?
E: no, because the women were asking the men if they were dating anyone.
And it’s only Wednesday…
Wine? Yes, please! 🙂