He came like a thief in the night: Darkly veiled and tip-toed.
But I saw him out the corner of my eye.
There was a second of silence because the sound refused to creep past the lump in my throat.
And then it came.
My uncontrolled scream.
Who was he and why was he in my house?!
Unfortunately, fall in the Midwest comes with miniature unwanted visitors. I didn’t realize that our purchase of a large, 100 year-old suburban house would mean lots of small crevices that are perfect for little mice to seek out when the weather begins to change. While I used to associate mice with dirty homes, now that one has invaded my private domain, I have quickly learned that it has nothing to do with cleanliness. In fact, according to the exterminator, it has more to do with easy access, the desire for a warm refuge, and the hope that the residents will unwittingly leave crumbs of food around.
Launching into full desperation and propelled by fear, I’ve thought about turning the heat way down and having the entire family walk around in snowsuits. I’ve implemented strict rules regarding where food can be eaten. Unfortunately, the 10 month old likes to put food everywhere: He often turns his dinner into an organic body scrub and then proceeds to scrub his hair and body with the night’s cuisine. I’ve found food in places I never imagined…spaghetti noodles in his diaper!
While I would prefer not to share the news of our visitor’s arrival with everyone, Max finds it to be perfect fodder for impromptu “Show and Tell.” A fake smile forcefully appeared on my face when Max proudly proclaimed to a visitor:
“I know what a mouse looks like. I’ve seen one in our house!”
The visitor and I looked into one another’s eyes. With a smirk, he graciously replied that he knew a few other people who had complained about the same issue. Internally, I thanked him for not making an embarrassing situation even more embarrassing. Kids say the darndest things!
This week I purchased this polka-dot fabric. I’m anxious to see what I can create with it! In the meantime what embarrassing things have your kids said in front of company?