Wednesday, September 10, 2008

An Elsie Moment

Claira has had a cough for about 10 days now. She's also been sneezing and had a runny nose the last couple of days. Add pulling on her ears to the mix, and this morning I made a doctor's appointment for her. It turns out that she has a sinus infection, which I get at least a few times a year so I can truly sympathize with her. Anyway, our doctor's office sends prescriptions to the pharmacy electronically which is usually wonderful because the prescription is usually ready for pickup before I pack the girls in the car, load the stroller, drive, and unload them at the store. Not today. Today, we arrived at WalMart at 1:35 p.m. and they happened to be closed for lunch from 1:30-2 p.m. Go figure. Elsie requested the toy section, so we made our way to the back of the store. On our way, an older Indian couple stopped to talk to the girls. I couldn't understand much of what they were saying, but they were sweet so we said hello and bid them a nice day. We're barely two steps away from them when Elsie blurts out, "Mommy, why'd that lady have a little red sticker on her forehead?" I pray the woman didn't hear her. Really though, what do you say to that? I only replied, "that's her culture," which was the wrong think to say because Elsie has no idea what the word "culture" means. I spent the rest of our time in the store trying to explain the word to her. She still doesn't understand.

In other news, Elsie did really great at her dance class. The studio has a "no distraction" policy, which basically means that parents are not allowed into the classroom. Instead, the parents wait in a lounge area and the teacher brings the girls there when class is finished. I was uncertain whether or not Elsie would willingly go into class without me. She was a little hesitant, but as soon as a few other little girls went into the room, she followed and had a big smile on her face before I left her sight. Afterwards, she made me wait until Jason got home from work before she'd show us any of her moves. She's been talking about it too so dance class is a hit.


tierd said...

I hope Claira is feeling much better soon and so glad Elsie had a good dance class! I know what you mean about explaining things like "culture" ... not easy at all!

Martina said...

i'm such a bad friend! and here you are going through withdrawals, lol. i feel ya on the illness stuff. dh has been sick for three weeks now. i'm soooo tired of listening to his coughing. is that grounds for a divorce?? ;-)

JOKE, lol. i love him!

~aj~ said...

So glad Elsie is enjoying her class. I bet her new moves are precious.

I've had several embarrassing moments when Adam has made a (truthful) comment about someone, but it put me in a very awkward position, so I know exactly how you felt with that one!

Hope Claira is feeling better soon. It is no fun being sick for so long. Hugs to her!