A father: [My wife] said this is your seventh baby.
Father: You're crazy.
Me: [polite laugh]
Father: I wanted to stop after one, but she [his wife] had other plans.
Me: [more polite laughing] Your kids are adorable! I bet you wouldn't send any of them back!
Father: [completely serious now] Well, I don't know about that.
|"If you can't say something nice....."|
It's my new mantra.
No, he was not joking. He sort of set his jaw and said it with a resigned sigh. Not joking. One of those moments when I really did not know what to say. I hope he doesn't say stuff like that in front of his kids. But, he probably does.
You've heard of Dr. Dobson's bestselling book, "Parenting Isn't For Cowards." I think I should write one called, "Parenting Isn't for Idiots." Because there are a lot of dopey parents out there, I'm learning!