Leaving your child in the care of another is always a risk. But it is one of those necessary risks, like eating food you dropped on the floor, or sitting down on a public toilet to diarrhea. I always appreciate when someone watches The Munch for me, but it means I have less control over what happens in her day. Especially when said caretaker happens to be my mom. Who although is exquisite, will do as she damn well pleases – because she is still the boss in our relationship.
Toni: “So Mom, how was she?”
Mom: “She was okay. She had what I like to call a ‘weak day.’”
Toni: “Ummmm what does that mean?”
Mom: “Well, she basically watched the Ipad all day.”
Mom: “She seemed pretty tired, so I gave it to her thinking she would fall asleep, but then she didn’t and wouldn’t let me take it away.”
Toni: “So she watched the IPad for 6 hours today?!!!”
Mom: “Yeah, pretty much. I tried to have her watch Dumbo, but she got really upset when they locked Dumbo’s mother up, and made me turn it off.”
Toni: “Mom are you out of your mind!!!!??? You had her watch the scene in Dumbo when the locked up his mother??? I am still traumatized by that. I couldn’t watch that now and not weep. “
Mom: “Yeah, she was pretty distressed by that.”
Toni: “How could you do that??”
Mom: “Toni, Dumbo is a beautiful movie. I could do a whole diatribe on the meaning of Dumbo.”
Toni: “Mom!! She is only 2! I can’t believe you let her watch the saddest thing ever to be drawn in the history of all film.”
Mom: “Calm down Toni. Then we watched Alice and Wonderland for a while, but she really didn’t like it when Alice got shrunk into the bottle. She made me turn that off too.”
Mom: “So then she insisted on watching these stupid silly things.”
Toni: “You mean, like, a cartoon for a toddler? Like Mickey Mouse? Or Pokoyo? Something that doesn’t have severe animal abuse or LSD flashbacks?
Mom: “Something inane like that. And she kept trying to have me watch it with her, but there is no way I am watching that crap.”
Toni: “Wow. Okay. Well… I am going to go process this information now.”
Mom: “Think about it this way Toni, at least now you have something to write about.”
She wasn’t kidding about that!
PS: I went to look for the scene in Dumbo to share with you.. and it literally comes up as Dumbo Sad Scene in Youtube
“Seriously…. why did they do that to Dumbo’s Mommy?”