It should have been a traditional family experience. Loving responsible grown up Mum brings offspring to the cinema for a treat.
What could possibly go wrong? Well bearing in mind that they are all 13 plus, it was one cringefest after another...
1. I'm all about "safety first" as my kids often remind me, so I wear my lovely Mia Tui bag cross body. Under my coat. So apparently I look deformed. "Just why Mum, why?"
2. Run back to the car one last time when we're half way down the street to check that I locked it. Not that anyone would ever steal it.
3. Listen to kids and then take off coat in public and rearrange bag. Of course that just ratcheted up the embarrassment factor.
4. Having to stop walking to send a text.
5. Getting in a flap at the counter when asked where we want to sit (this is new, no?) and then proceeding to explain in great detail to the poor ticket seller why I have to sit on the end of a row.
6. Forget to lower my voice as we go into the auditorium.
7. Sit down. Phone alarm promptly goes off. The one to remind me to water the plants. Children edge away.
8. I am unable to keep quiet. Next up, I have to blow my nose. And it's really not possible to do that quietly is it?
9. Trying to inconspicuously film the bomb scare in Henry Street afterwards. "Do you have to, Mum?"
10. Selective hearing in Aldi. Apparently I do this all the time: I don't listen at all, or I mishear what people are saying. "Cash card," asked the checkout operator. "No thanks," I replied, thinking that Aldi had introduced something new. Someone behind me in the queue tittered, and I realised that there was a missing "or" somewhere... Angel just shook her head. But I mean who does listen to checkout operators when you're busy trying to pack shopping bags, and get the payment out and possibly manage a child in a buggy too?
Or is it just me?
Saying that, and despite doing all those things in front of the kids, they still had a good evening, and so did I.
What have you done lately to embarrass your kids?
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