A couple of Sundays ago we went out for a family lunch. Four of us and my in-laws.
When we got to the restaurant the two Vs and I went in while LagosDad parked the car.
There was a big corner table of people we knew – friends of my parents’/in-laws’ and friends of ours.
Anyway, so I took the children to meet them – many of them hadn’t seen V2 before. V1 wasn’t happy with being surrounded by so many people and stuck by my side the whole time.
One of the ladies (mil’s friend) congratulated me on Baby V’s birth and said, ‘Isn’t it just perfect to be able to say that you have two children instead of just one?’
Errr… Excuse me, lady – my son is standing right here listening to you. I thought she was totally insensitive and out of order, but I just smiled and said, ‘Actually, having one child was also perfect for us.’
She was a little taken aback and didn’t really know what to say. She said, ‘Oh yes, yes, of course.’
When I told LagosDad about it, he said I wasn’t meant to answer her back. I was meant to just shut up and smile.
I told him that I don’t just shut up and smile when I’m offended by someone’s insensitivity. Especially when it involves my children.