RTT: Loose Lips Sink Ships or LONGEST BUS RIDE EVER!

23 Jun


Today’s Thoughts are brought to you by my mom! “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”

Onward ho!

My nephew Chris, mentioned in this post, has been in the hospital for the last few weeks. He was transferred downtown to the University of Chicago hospital last weekend. Thankfully he is being released today! But for this random story, he was still in the hospital. Me and the A’s and hubby live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. It is about a 45 minute drive downtown to the city without traffic. Triple that with traffic. And once you are there, well, it is nearly impossible to find parking, get around, etc. So we felt it easier and more fun for the boys, if we took the train downtown to see Chris this past Saturday. It is about a 50 minute ride on the train, a 6-7 block walk from the train to the EL (Elevated train over the streets of Chicago) and then another 4 blocks from the EL to the hospital. So all of this and three hours later, we were able to see Chris! He was looking much better and happy to have visitors.

On the way back, however, we decided to take a bus to get back to the north side of the city. The hospital was on the south side. If you know anything about Chicago, then you are familiar with the south side. That is where the White Sox come from – boo! (Go Cubs!) Also, however, some neighborhoods are a little shady. Now, I have raised my children to not see color and to just realize that everyone is different. How boring would the world be if we all looked the same? So, we get on the bus, and we are pretty much the only pink people on it! For some reason, this bus has a lot of mirrors. There were four up front by the driver, and two or three in the back. Maybe a couple of random ones here and there. Little A is like Rain Man right now and needs to count everything. He counted every time someone came or left Chris’ room when we were at the hospital. He counts cars, he counts lights, he counts trains. Whatever it may be, he is counting it!

This story is longer than I thought, and actually not so random, hmmm.

Little A says the word mirrors kind of funny, too. Now, remember, he is just 3 and cannot pronounce everything exactly the way it should sound. He, too, says “L” words like “Y’s” just as Big A does. Yittle A…so the way he says mirrors is kind of like this if you were to read it out loud: ME-ROES. Unfortunately for us, that sounds a lot like the word Negroes. And then there is the counting. And then he is also pointing at all the ME-ROES on the bus. “One ME-ROE, two, three, four. The ME-ROES are ALL over the bus! Yet me count them again!” He says in his not so quiet voice. This is the time when I really could have used that magic chip with a remote that silences the child. YES, there were people staring at us in horror! O. M. G.!!! So, I just kind of pretended that it was not the most embarrassing moment ever and I said, “Yes, baby, look at all those MIRRORS! Why the hell are there so many gosh darn MIRRORS on this bus?!” In his ear I am frantically whispering, “Please stop counting and pointing and saying ME-ROES! No one wants to hear your voice on this bus right now. This is quiet time – people are trying to nap.” Little A yells loudly, “But, Mama, I have to tell you about the ME-ROES!” Back to me whispering frantically, “No! I don’t want to hear about them. You have counted them many times already, please stop, please, PLEASE, for the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, STOP counting the ME-ROES!!!”

This was the number two bus ride from hell. The first being from the “You’re Dead Meat” post on the way home from school in second grade.

For more random Random Tuesday Thoughts, head over to Keely at the Un-Mom!!


6 Responses to “RTT: Loose Lips Sink Ships or LONGEST BUS RIDE EVER!”

  1. Sprite's Keeper June 23, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Ha! Me-roes! Sprite is counting everything these days too, her fingers especially. She had a cracker in her hand one day and tried to show her uncle the number 1, and flipped him off. Loved it!

  2. Jan June 24, 2009 at 9:17 am #

    Loved it! We know how loud he is, it’s hereditary but he is so cute I bet all the passengers on the bus just smiled and said that kid’s a little small to think of offending them.Smile

  3. Heather June 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    This is soooooo funny since I can relate…kids are so innocent, you gotta love em!

  4. Captain Dumbass July 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    AHHHHAHAHAHAH! That is so great. That it happened to you, I mean. My oldest is infatuated by WWII airplanes and we live in an area of town with a large Japanese people in it. There’s been a few awkward moments. Oh, and then when he asked why Asian people have squinty eyes when we were in the mall. Dude, have you ever looked at your mother? Or maybe yourself in the mirror?

    And tattoo? Hello. Picture please. Close up, no need for embarrassing… hm, that word pretty much covers it. Ha.

  5. kweenmama July 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    That is funny. I’m sure that you loudly pointing out that it was mirrors that he was counting helped to show people what was really happening. A great story to tell his future teen friends! 🙂

  6. Karen @ If I Could Escape July 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    That is too funny! Gotta love kids!!

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