Saturday, August 01, 2009


Munchkin and Pynchon get along much better when I'm out of the house. Generally, my evening exit line is "Mommy is going to yoga," because although it took many weeks of tantrums to establish this routine, when she hears these words, Munchkin now calmly waves goodbye and tells me to do a princess pose.

On the weekend, though, during the day? If I want a break from the overpassionate attachment, we usually say that Mommy has some errands, and thus will be leaving the house and unavailable for leg-clinging, bum-biting (really), and general smothering.

So I waved goodbye and headed out the front door. Pynchon brought Munchkin upstairs for her nap.

"I want Mommy to put me to bed," she complained.

"Oh, I know you want Mommy, Munchkin," explained her father, "but Mommy went to do some errands and she's not home right now."

Munchkin tilted her head to one side and gave him a look.

"Daddy, is she on the porch?"

BUSTED! That is exactly where I was, with my newspaper and my knitting and grande nonfat latte, enjoying my peace and quiet. How did she figure me out? I'm out of her sight line and don't make a peep!

Daddy faked her out--this time--but, like Chandler Bing, one of these days I'm going to find myself actually boarding a plane to Yemen, just to catch a break. Yowza.


Janet said...

My girls still act like I have been exploring the Arctic for a year when I come home from errands. I missed you Mommy! Why didn't you take me with you? I'm very likeable. Apparently.

Omaha Mama said...

Yemen! Ha!

I think a break like you're talking about here is what I need. I'm so danged crabby today, saying "I've had it!" Which, really? When did I become THAT mom???

Beck said...

ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS. Because my daughter - aged 10 - thinks that I AM THE WORLD'S BIGGEST GOOFBALL MORON. She practically retches if I ruffle her hair. I say something, her eyes roll. And she used to love me more than anything IN THE WORLD.

alejna said...

Goodness, the girl must have mommy radar! Too funny.

Patti said...

Nice Chandler Bing reference! :)

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Jessica said...

FUNNY!!! But previous comment was right on - we should enjoy it while it lasts.

Kyla said...

Hahaha! She is on to you!!

Debbie said...

Oh, this is so familiar! I had to lock myself in the bathroom the other day.

Oh, the clinginess...yes, we should enjoy it while it lasts, right?