Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Breakfast Interuptus

Audrey Hepburn having breakfast at Tiffany's.  Things are a little less glamorous around here.
We make a point of sitting down to dinner as a family.  Breakfast is a different matter.  Hubband doesn't usually eat breakfast on weekdays, and by the time I get the chance to sit down with the children, they are already done and on to the next thing.

So it happened, that the other morning, I sat down at the table to eat my breakfast, with only Catherine still there.  As soon as I took my first bite, she reached at me with one grubby little hand and said, "naaaa," with an inflection that I know means, "napkin."  What a tidy girl.  I got up, and got her a napkin, and watched as she wiped her hands and face.

As soon as I took my second bite, Cate pushed her plate over to me and said, "More, please."  What a polite girl.  I got up and got her more.

A few bites later, I was summoned to mediate a disagreement of some sort, by a bellowed call of, "Mom, make him stop.  He's trying to stick his toes up my butt!"  Neither tidy or polite.  I got up and separated them.  The children.  The toes and butt had worked themselves out before I got there. 

A few bites later, I was again summoned, this time by loud shrieks of pain.  I was informed that an injury had been suffered and death was imminent.  A little anti-bacterial ointment and one Buzz Lightyear band-aid later, my patient was as good as new.

But, breakfast was over.  It was time to get everyone out the door for the morning school run.  All I wanted was to eat one lousy bowl of cold cereal.  Is that so much to ask?


  1. Hee Hee..You said the word "Butt"
    When my kiddos were younger, I would eat a bowl of cereal right before I went to bed. Then after the kiddos left for school, I would enjoy a late breakfast.

  2. I'm tellin' ya - homeschooling beats the morning rush ;) It also beats other things :/ - like my patience!
    Love your way with words...and children :)

  3. So it's not just me? And I only have two. And one isn't even talking, walking or threatening bodily harm to his sibling.

    Think of it this as the ultimate mom's diet.
    I say put them all back in high chairs. Strap them down, shove some grub their way and then finish blogging. ;) Only six to go!

  4. I laughed out loud at this very funny post. I love Audrey Hepburn. I think, honestly, that it is because someone once told me I was an Audrey Hepburn type. Vain, I know. Breakfast at Tiffany's is a great movie, apart from Mickey Rooney playing an incredibly offensive, but laughable role as a Chinese neighbour.