On Saturday, we went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. We had a great time, but none of that was really worth telling you, my few but loyal readers. What I thought might be interesting to share was something incidental that I encountered.
In the Nursery (what they call the toddler play area), there is a bulletin board. On that bulletin board is a question. I don’t know if the question changes, but the question we saw was, “What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned as a parent” (or something similar that I would know for certain if I’d bothered to write it down). The answers were conveyed via post-it notes, kindly supplied by the museum. There were a few interesting ones that I thought were worth sharing.
For those who have trouble reading others’ handwriting, the bottom note is to be read first, and it says,
“Terrible ‘two’s’ doesn’t exist [sic]. At least not with my 2 1/2 year old. Still have 6 month’s [sic] left. YIKES!!”
I can’t tell if the second half of that message was an afterthought by the original poster or commentary added by someone else.
The responding post on top reads,
“Thanks for taunting all the rest of us with your “perfect” child. Guess we all aren’t as perfect a parent as you.”
Somebody has a chip on her shoulder. 😉
I couldn’t resist stirring up trouble, so I posted a reply to the original poster saying,
“Revenge is a dish best served cold. Good luck in the teen years. ;)”
I left a serious note, too, though.
“Having kids gives amazing, eye-opening, emotionally intense insight into what your parents experienced raising you. It provokes a profound sense of gratitude – and contrition.”