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Friday, December 30, 2011

A facial expression is worth a thousand words

Fun story to share. So we went out to dinner for Cole's 7th birthday tonight. We went through the usual, "No, we don't need to order anything for her, she doesn't know how to eat yet." conversation, and then Raya started to get impatient. She had been a little testy this evening due to the runny nose that hit her today and got a little upset that I wouldn't just hand my glass of water over to her. In order to keep her happy until our food came and we could give her a french fry to stuff in her mouth, I gave her a 60 ml syringe with a little bit of water in it. She's pretty good at drinking out of it but we had to work to keep her from accidentally unloading it all over everybody around us. :)

And if you're looking at this picture and thinking, "What's wrong with that??" or "Good job!" then you must be a tubie parent too. :)

She'd been playing with it for a few minutes when she accidentally dropped it on the floor. Right then, a lady who was walking by saw her drop something and was kind enough to pick it up. As she reached out to hand it to me, it suddenly dawned on her that she was holding a giant syringe that a baby had just been sucking on. Her facial expression instantly changed from that of a happy nice person picking up what the baby dropped to equal parts shock, fear and disgust. Her face froze that way and she cocked her head to the side and opened her mouth a little, as if she was going to say something but nothing came out. She was completely dumbstruck. I smiled and thanked her and she turned and scurried back to her table. As soon as she was gone, Donny and I looked at each other and erupted into uncontrollable laughter. I still laugh every time I think about it. I wish I could have gotten a picture of her face and goodness knows what the poor woman must have been thinking! If I knew who she was, I would send her a thank you note because I think that was the best laugh we've had since all this feeding tube business started. Every time something like that happens, it helps to smooth over some of the rough patches we've been through. Laughter really is the best medicine.

So to the dear lady in the black and blue sweater who was traumatized by a syringe-wielding toddler at Applebee's tonight, I would like to both apologize to you and thank you for making us laugh and adding some humor into a part of our lives that's not always funny. :)

1 comment:

  1. haha! that is so funny! I love it! yup I definitely thought "oh yeah cute pic, but Whitney does that all the time" haha! but I loved the story!


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