The evils lurking in public restrooms. . . Who knew?

Monday night we went to the mall to find the perfect purse for me. It took 3.5 hours (don’t worry, we stopped for dinner) until my mission was accomplished. Good thing Ava likes riding in the stroller and looking around. (Yes, I found the perfect purse. I’m in love with it, in case you’re wondering.)

After dinner, we went into the bathroom. While Ava was on the toilet, I must have moved too much because it flushed mid-pee. She jumped off so quickly but didn’t stop peeing even though she was in my lap. I was trying so hard not to laugh because it was obvious this really upset her. “I didn’t want it to flush, Momma,” she said in her most serious tone of voice. I told her it was a bad potty that didn’t listen to her.

Then, we had to wash our hands. Ava always wants to operate the paper towel dispensers, but she’s not quite tall enough. There was an automatic one in this bathroom (the kind with the motion detector) that I knew she could reach,  and I showed her where to put her hand to make the towel come out. I turned back to the sink to wash my hands, and all of a sudden Ava was screaming like she had been hurt.  I swept her up into my arms and asked her what was wrong. “Look,” she shouted. The paper towel dispenser was still disbursing the paper towels. Either it was broken or she waved her hand in front of it so much that it wasn’t done responding to the motion.

She cried hard for at least 5 minutes. Once she calmed down I asked if it scared her. “NO, it make me mad. It didn’t listen to me.”

“Oh, honey, maybe it was broken. That would make me mad too if it didn’t listen.”

“And Daddy, too?” she asked.

For the rest of our shopping trip she re-enacted the trauma by telling me over and over, “I just want one towel and it didn’t listen. It waste paper, Mom. I only want one. I didn’t listen to me, or to you, or to Daddy either. People need to fix it.” Again, it was a struggle for me not to laugh. I just reassured her in my calmest voice that it was broken and needed to be fixed so it would listen to people.

I had no idea the evils lurking in that bathroom 🙂


3 Responses to The evils lurking in public restrooms. . . Who knew?

  1. Courtney says:

    Hmmm. I would like to see a picture of the purse.

  2. Paula says:

    Thank you for alerting me to the evils lurking in public restrooms—I did not realize myself! But I would have to say that I have been surprised myself more than once when an overzealous toilet flushed itself suddenly like it was trying to flush the world down with it! I can see why Ava may have been a bit intimidated…plus the problem with the paper towel dispenser not listening. The things kids have to put up with! :~) Paula

  3. Anne says:

    Too funny!! I can totally picture Ava’s serious face and tone of voice. I love how sensitive she is. Sounds like from your other post that she also has a little spicy side, but at least it didn’t take her long to think about your feelings and “apologize” in her own little way. -Anne

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