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 🙂