I am the Queen of the Mommy Driveby. My youngest child is often shoe-less (who knew so many people were offended by tiny bare feet?) and coatless.
Today, not one, but TWO people complimented my parenting.
People? The world is ending. Take cover!
I stopped to get a cup of coffee as I was leaving the grocery store. Linds was in the cart, parked a couple feet behind me. A woman, decked out in jogging gear was behind me in line. I turned to check on Lindsay, and she said, "Your daughter doesn't know her name."
I thought, um, no she doesn't know you. But instead said, "Lindsay is feeling shy today," and smiled goodbye, as I headed to put some milk in my coffee.
An older Asian man approached me, "You are an excellent mother!"
I must've looked shocked. "Thank you." I said, uncomfortably.
"I heard you talking to your daughter before," he said, "It is so smart you are teaching her not to talk to strangers!"
"Oh. Thanks," I replied. "Have a nice day!" I quickly put the lid on my coffee and we headed to the car. Linds and I discussed the groceries as I loaded them in. She wanted a strawberry and some crackers. I handed her the strawberry, which she quickly de-stemmed, and tucked the box of crackers under my arm as I buckled her into her car seat. Then I opened the box and handed to her.
"Wow, you really need an extra arm, don't you?"
I looked up at the woman getting out of her car opposite mine.
"Oh, ha ha." I replied.
"Unloading groceries, getting the kid in the seat, and giving her a snack at the same time."
"An extra arm would be really great!" I agreed. "Have a good day!" I said quickly running the shopping cart to its corrale.
Seriously. If you have a storm cellar, you might want to head down there now...