A Dose of Humor – The Perils of Being Cool

5 Minutes for Parenting’s weekly column, A Dose of Humor, is here to remind you to take your humor pill regularly as the best medicine to treat the side effects of parenting! It features a different blogger every week and is hosted by Rachel at Grasping for Objectivity in My Subjective Life. Now you can also join in by linking in your funniest moment of the week, using the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post!!

Heather of The Extraordinary Ordinary chases two beautiful boys daily. In her former life she was a social worker and a more doting wife than she is now. Heather says “rocks the party” too much in an effort to remain cool. Mostly, she’s totally in love with being a stay-at-home Mom and wishes time would slow down just a wee bit so that she could kiss the chubby baby cheeks of her boys forever.

Going to Ikea puts me in a good mood. There are truly inexpensive storage containers there. And I really like to organize and store things. Like little boy shoes, games, puzzles, blankets, clothes, winter items, socks, books, toys, towels, outdoor toys……

So yeah. I was in a good mood after a trip there today. I was loading the boys in the car and doing what I normally do. Rapping. What mother doesn’t rap while trying to persuade her children to do things they don’t feel like doing?

If I had the ability to vlog (is that what it’s called?) I would totally share this rap with you, since it works wonders. Or if I wanted to have myself seen on video over the internet, then I would show you via YouTube. But that isn’t going to happen. So instead you’ll just have to rap this in your head while imagining me trying to keep Miles from climbing all over the car:

Put your butt in the seat.
Put your butt in the seat.
Butt in the seat.
Yes, put it in the seat. (say that last line like rapid fire…for effect.)

That’s it. You have to keep it simple, people. These are small children. They like simple.

My boys giggle every time I get down wit’ it and roll with my homies as a means to getting what I want. And it works. Miles giggles and submits, putting his butt in his seat, rapid fire style.

But today, in all my Ikea-giddiness, I got a little carried away. I was buckling Asher, rapping to Miles and bouncing my very own butt a little while bending into the back seat. I finished with Asher and backed up (all that junk in my trunk, moving slowly away from the car) and stood and turned to go around and buckle Miles.

Just then I came face to face with my audience.

A nice young man was patiently waiting to get to his car door. He had parked right next to me. So while I hitched up the five-point harness on Asher, he stood and listened to a thirty-something mother rapping her face off, and bouncing to the beat in her head.

He smirked. I sheepishly said, “excuse me.” He said, “it’s no problem.”

Was he stifling a laugh? I think so.

What’s my problem? I’m still not sure.

This post was originally published on September 12, 2008 at The Extraordinary Ordinary.

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16 Responses to A Dose of Humor – The Perils of Being Cool
  1. Stephanie
    April 24, 2009 | 6:08 am

    Oh, that sounds like something that would totally happen to me!!


  2. Carrie of Ceaseless Praises
    April 24, 2009 | 9:48 am

    Oh, my goodness, that is HILARIOUS!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Megan
    April 24, 2009 | 10:45 am

    HI-LARIOUS! Totally something I would do.

  4. LisAway
    April 24, 2009 | 11:02 am

    You GO, Heather. Rock on. I’ll bet that guy’s gonna be a better father thanks to your brief but powerful example. πŸ™‚

  5. NorahS
    April 24, 2009 | 11:11 am

    Too funny. Sounds like something I would do. I’ve learned not to care! Rock on!!!

  6. Wendi J McCallum
    April 24, 2009 | 11:35 am

    So hilarious – and so me. πŸ™‚ So real.

  7. Kate Coveny Hood
    April 24, 2009 | 2:16 pm

    Oh dear… But it makes for a great story at least!

  8. feefifoto
    April 24, 2009 | 3:13 pm

    I drew stares and snickers for narrating our journey through a supermarket when my daughter was an infant (“Oh look! This is the soup aisle! They have soup here. Do you like soup? I like soup. Should we get some?”) I pretended to ignore and pretended I didn’t care. Did I care? Well, let’s see — may daughter’s nine and I still remember the incident.

  9. Jami
    April 24, 2009 | 6:17 pm

    What a delightful story! And you’ve got to admit it’s a much happier memory than chewing out your cute bouncy boy in front of a surprise audience would have been.

    You rock the party!

  10. deb
    April 24, 2009 | 6:52 pm

    well first things first… ikea rocks MY party hard!

    secondly, now i KNOW i must pack my video camera.

  11. Jo
    April 24, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    Oh, so BUSTED! Or should we say BUTT-STED. heheh.
    Nothing like getting caught being a complete fool in the name of motherhood. We’ve all been there in one form of another!

  12. Erin
    April 24, 2009 | 8:48 pm

    HAHAHA! Too funny – and I love your rap. I will have to try that one!

  13. Onna
    April 24, 2009 | 9:34 pm

    Oh-that is too funny!! That cracks me up!! I have had so many silly moments like that! I am always dancing and losing myself in the moment with my kids. I think that is a good thing-even if we might embarass ourselves!!

    I completely relate to being in a good mood when buying organizing things!! I love places like ikea and staples where I can get cheap fun organizing boxes, clips, stickies etc.


  14. Zina
    April 26, 2009 | 12:18 am

    That’s such a good kind of embarrasment. I agree with Jami, being caught silly is so much better than if you’d been caught yelling (not that I’m saying you ever yell, I’m just imagining things *I* could get caught doing.)

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