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Aug 7, 2008

The Pea Questions the Pod

. Aug 7, 2008


I am enjoying an afternoon off work by baking at the community pool. A handful of children splashing in the water remind me of summer's carefree days outside my cubicle walls. Cries for moms to watch this and that ring out repeatedly. Accomplishments include jumps into the deep and submersions without holding noses.

A pair of young girls play with water noodles near the pool steps. They are perhaps four. Both wear bikinis, one in light pink with ruffles on her bum and the other in bold orange with white bows on top and bottom. They try to sit on their noodles, which keep sliding out from under them. "Mommy!" one says to the woman sitting on the pool edge in front of my chair, "Help me!".

The woman steadies the noodles and both girls quickly straddle the bright green tubes. They shriek and laugh, then suddenly one is quiet. I look where she is looking. Three young women are walking toward pool chairs with their bags and towels. All three wear bikinis. One is about eight months pregnant.

The little girl stares open-mouthed at the woman's protruding bare belly, which commands even more attention with three colorful butterflies tattooed across it. The other child now sees what has captured her friend's attention and points while drawing in her breath. Her mother gently pulls her arm down:

Ruffles: Mommy! Look at her tummy!
Bows: Yeah! Look!
Mom: Yes, I see. Don't be scared. It's okay. Her baby's in there. Growing until it's time to come out.
Ruffles: When will she come out?
Mom: Probably soon, she'll be ready.
Ruffles: Before we go home?
Mom: No! Not that soon. It will be a lot more days from now.
Bows: Who put the baby in there?
Mom: Um, well, the daddy.
Bows: Why didn't he put it in his own tummy?
Mom: Ha! You know honey, that's a very good question. Why don't you ask your daddy when you get home.

12 Whispers:

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

too bad you couldn't have eavesdropped on the conversation between the girl and her daddy. tee hee.


Rene' Morris said...

Oh my gosh how cute! Priceless! I love the title you chose too!

Vienne said...

Hi Angie, I am SO curious to know how he explained that! Regardless, he had to have cracked up and his daughter's keen logic.

Thanks Rene, the post sort of named itself. I always recount the eavesdrop and then name it at the end. It took just seconds before my fingers typed that. Glad you liked it.

Sassy Mama Bear said...

So what did daddy say when she asked???? :)

tina said...

how cute :)

Kat said...

I am so in to your eaves dropping skills :)

JackMandora said...

My first smile since waking up.

Petitehye said...

Hahaha... Innocence and curiosity... Did you eavesdrop the conversation of the kid and her dad? Just a thought and I am curious.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Wow. My kids never asked questions like that. As I think about it, it's like they've always understood what's going on. Hmm.

Lisa McGlaun said...

That's really cute...It seems like I remember thinking during the birth of my second child that I wished his father were on the table and not me. 10 pounders will put even the nicest woman into revenge mode.


Büşra said...

thnx for sharing..

Erin M Ballantine said...

I just learned about do-follow blogs, and yours was the first I chose to look at. Man am I glad I did. I, also, am a writer and like to eavesdrop as well as mentally notate my surroundings. This is just a brilliant use of a blog, and an excellent repository of your everyday encounters. I, also, really like your personal writing to set up the stories.

This one in particular made me actually laugh out loud, and not just LOL.



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