As little children who are very keen to learn new things my boys can sometimes be too upfront. Sometimes it’s a good thing but most of times I have wished I could disappear through the wall behind me. Just like the other day…
Monday morning little A and myself had arrived in Dunkin Donut after dropping off K at school. I always go to this place alone every Monday and Thursday to use their free WiFi for my blogging work but that day was an exception as little A had begged me earlier for me to take him along. He had promised not to disturb me and I held on to his words.
He was quietly enjoying his donuts and hot chocolate while I started wrecking my brain to finish a post. The room was still empty I could hear the staff were talking to each other behind counter. Five minutes later the door was opened and a big bearded guy brushed in. He abruptly sat at the table next to mine, took out his laptop and whatever gadget he had and started to work. He had ordered a cup of coffee on his way in so it didn’t take long for the coffee to be served.
Little A who had gone across the room to play came back and sat in front of me. Our table and that man’s table were very close by. Hence little A sat only less than a meter from him. He watched the man’s face for a minute, paid full attention to his bushy beard and then his little voice broke the silence.
He pointed out to the man and said…
“Mommy, why that man looks like monkey?”
I swear, at that very moment, I had hoped I could go poof and disappear! The first reaction was definitely a shock, I found it too embarrassing and I was left speechless. Maybe I should have had apologized to the man but I could see from the corner of my eyes that he had pretended not to hear what little A had said. He was probably embarrassed too and I thought it would be really awkward if I just apologized and he actually didn’t hear a thing about it.
So what I did was just look straight at little A’s eyes and gave him a ‘ssh’ sound. But little A thought I couldn’t hear what he said and he repeated the same words AGAIN. This time I quickly responded with “what? no baby, the picture in the t’shirt is not monkey”. I looked at the man to at least give him an apologetic smile but he wasn’t looking at me nor little A. He was busy doing his work (I got a feeling he was just faking it to avoid being in an awkward situation).
Little A looked puzzled with my reply but I didn’t want to let him say another words so I gave him my iPad and tried to distract him with the games. He refused the iPad however he decided to go back playing (this time under the table) and that was a relief for me.
I took another glance at the man. He was still ignoring me. I decided the best thing was to pretend it was never happened.
What would you do if you were in my position?