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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Crack Me Up

The other day, I was in the middle of writing something that really needed my attention. It was short but important. Daughter was in the living room playing contentedly. Son was wandering through the house, asking me questions that required answers. I was stationary at the kitchen table. I--like virtually all mothers of preschoolers, I imagine--am fully capable of carrying on multiple conversations simultaneously (one on the phone, one with my husband, and one with my children, for example) and keeping all the threads straight.

Perhaps I have been a bit too cocky about this ability, however. For on the day in question, I was monitoring Daughter with one part of my brain, answering Son's questions with another, and writing with a third, when a sneeze interrupted everything.

"Bless you," I said immediately, mid-sentences. And then continued answering Son's question while signing my name to the mushy birthday card I'd just finished writing for Husband.

Son burst out laughing as he entered the kitchen.

"What?" I asked, sliding the card into the envelope.

"YOU were the one who sneezed," he gasped out, giggling.

It took a minute for his point to register.

Oh. Yes I did. I sneezed, thoughtfully blessed myself in the third person, and then went right back to the different sentences I'd been writing and speaking as if there had been no interruption whatsoever.

There's no question that it was a masterful stroke of multi-tasking.

But it does seem to lack a little something on the self-awareness front.

18 comments:

Auds at Barking Mad said...

*lol*

Thank gosh I'm not the only one who has had occasion to do that!

OHmommy said...

Cute. So impressed you can write and have two conversations going on. I usually respond with a Sullivan nod to just about everything, "Mom, can we jump on couch."

"Yeah. Honey, go ahead."

Erin said...

I am very impressed. I must be the anti-you: yesterday my husband asked me what I was thinking, after seeing me deep in thought for a couple of minutes. And I honestly could not tell him. I couldn't remember what I was thinking AT THE MOMENT he asked me what I was thinking. Can I borrow some of your talent?

Tracey said...

THAT is a riot!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Hilarious! I haven't done that specifically - but can imagine it. I don't think that my phone conversations with my husband (while I'm home with the kids) are very successful. It usually goes something like: "Oh hi - how is the confernce going? Oliver put your underwear back on! What did you say? Eleanor - give that back to George! I'm sorry - what? George get out of the dishwasher! Listen, I have to go - but call me later." So I think I could take some lessons from you.

(And if it makes you feel better - my toddlers always say "bless you" to themselves.)

bejewell said...

What is this multi-tasking ability you speak of? I freeze at the mere mention of it.

Desiree said...

Haha, this makes me think of how I often say "ouch" when I drop something... as though I'm saying "ouch" on behalf of the hairbrush hitting the floor, or the floor being struck with some silverware.

Fawn said...

Hahaha! You crack me up, too!

calicobebop said...

Cute! Sometimes my daughter will say "bless you" but usually my sneezes go without. :(

The Glamorous Life said...

You crack me up too.

LceeL said...

Just as long as you are 'self aware' at those special times when a little self awareness, is perhaps, a bit more critical than your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill circumstance. I'm just sayin'.

mommypie said...

HA! Yes, I've been there myself -- it's a scary scary thing.

Ree said...

hahahahahahahahahah.

Excellent.

MommyTime said...

THANK YOU AUDS and DESIREE for admitting that you have done something like this too. I so appreciate not being the only one.

Erin, if this is talent, you can borrow it any time. My son did walk into a room the other day and then shout to me, "Mama, what was I doing again?" And I knew. Even though he didn't. So I do have some talents...

Thank so many of you for laughing along with me.

Kate, yes, that is EXACTLY the conversation I have too -- just with different names.

Laski Gal said...

But at least you are considerate . . . right?

Heather of the EO said...

Hilarious!
I usually just sit and blink when there's that much going on...

Jaina said...

That's too funny.

lattemommy said...

*snort*

 

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