famous last words

by humanmama on June 9, 2011

A moment to remember:

I was at my friend Amy’s house yesterday who has two kids as well, her oldest is a boy born on Helena’s due date, and her youngest is a girl who is 2 months older than Lilly. They all love each other and it’s so fun to have a mom in the same boat to hang out with (although she’s pregnant again, so actually I have it much easier).

The 5-year-olds (!) were in the kitchen, coloring, and the 2-year-olds had gone upstairs. Amy has incredibly well-behaved children who are no trouble at all–those kids that you might babysit in a pinch and the parents arrive breathless to get them later in the day and say “How were they?” thinking the worst, and you say, shaking your head and bewildered “No trouble at all,” and they don’t believe you. (That’s why we go over there, to show Amy a taste of the real thing.)

So after 5 minutes I noticed it was incredibly quiet upstairs. And the “human” in me did not want to go check on them, I just wanted to have an adult conversation for 5 minutes, please. But the “mama” part of Humanmama said to herself “something is wrong. Check on them.” (Mama talks in italics. You know I love the italics.)

As I was walking up Amy’s stairs, she said “I’m sure they’re fine, there’s really nothing they could get into up there.” Horrors! You’re not supposed to actually say Famous Last Words out loud!! You can think them but you should never, never say them. There was no wood to knock on and it was too late to pray. I walked in to the nursery to find Lilly and her friend painting themselves with Vaseline. All over. It was on the carpet, in their hair, and every pore was just sealed with Petrol byproducts. Amazing. I’m so sorry I don’t have a photo–you would have loved it.

Humanmama rule #344: Always bring a camera.

Humanmama rule #345: Never utter famous last words. Or they will be.

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Melissa J June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Do you remember when our sisters locked themselves in Beth’s room with the dog and piled stuffed animals and toys against the door and we tried to trick them into opening the door by tape recording our moms telling them to let us in?


aj June 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Remember??! How could I ever forget??! Still one of my favorite moments in childhood. We were so sneaky!


Jessica June 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm

OMG, those rules are so important, I think they should be higher up on the list! It never ceases to amaze me what two-year-olds can get into when you think everything is put away!


MommieBonnie June 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

HAHAHAHAH! I think it’s genetic. Guess what we did at Auntie Hedy’s cottage one Summer??? I was moisturized for an entire year–especially my hair!


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