There are four little words that I hear often. If you have a young preschooler, you probably hear them often, as well, and at the most inopportune time, too.
As soon as the waitress brings out our food, I hear them often.
“I have to pee-pee!”
And I say, “Right now?” with a very puzzled look on my face.
What was it about those hot fries and chicken fingers that made you decide you have to go to the bathroom at that very moment? Why couldn’t it have been before our food arrived?
Of course, she has to pee right now, or why else would she say it? I know that, but I keep responding inappropriately.
But, for some reason, I always question the announcement with the hope that she will change her mind.
As we are about to leave the Teeter with a cart full of groceries, I hear the magic words.
“Really? “I ask.
And what did you think of Kroger purchasing the Teeter, by the way?
As I’m loading tomatoes and avocados in my cart at Trader Joe's, the magic words come from her mouth.
And just so you know, Trader Joe's has the best bathrooms. They are colorful and have stools for the kids.
I hear the magic words at museums, coffee shops, clothing stores. You name the location. I pretty much hear the magic words.
One time when I was alone with the kids at a self-serve-type restaurant, I heard the magic words as soon as we sat down with our sandwiches. I hated leaving our food on a table unattended, but I certainly didn’t want to leave my 7-year-old unattended at the table, either.
“Are you sure?”
She replied, “I’ve been taught to listen to my body. I’m sure.”
Guess she told me.
When you gotta go, you gotta go.
I’m sure I’ll run into you in one of the public bathrooms at some point.