You know what they say about the most honest people in the world, don’t you? Brutal-straight-to-the-point honesty where you don’t get any chance at all to inflate your ego.
Let me share a little snippet of a conversation at dinner between my 2 little critters once upon an evening:
Spud: Mama you are the best cook in the world!
Squirt, quickly interjecting: You don’t know that!
Spud: I know that. Mama cooks the nicest food.
Squirt: No, no. You really don’t know that for sure.
Me, feeling amused: Oh? Why do you say that Squirt? Why do you say that your sister don’t know for sure?
Squirt: Because…(letting out a big sigh)…because Mama, there is everyone else who cooks. There are aaaallll these OTHER(hands in the air gesture, eyes wider than his mouth expression) people she has not tried. There could be OTHER best cooks.
Spud, pouting: Hmmmph! I like Mama’s cooking. It’s good enough for me. (pout-don’t-you-dare-defy-pout)
Me? I had to laugh; leaving the kids confused as to why I found the whole conversation hilarious. While Spud’s reaction was endearing, I had not expected such a logical, matter-of-fact response from a 5-year-old which I could not disagree with.
What can I say. He was absolutely spot-on.
Was I disappointed? Of course not! OK, OK. Just a tiny little bit hurt. I mean, I really thought I was the best cook in the world.What gives?! My stomach hurt from the laughter and of course “there are aaaaaalllll these OTHER people”.
It wasn’t long before I had to prevent the fight from escalating further between the two. In a matter of seconds, restoring peace and quiet we had at the start of the dinner earlier with some lovely, nicest home-made food then became mission critical.
Then again, we wouldn’t know that for sure too, would we? Because… there are aaaaaalllll these OTHER things!