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Crying Over Spilt Milk

In the last three days, we've suffered two milk spilling incidents, both of which starred me as the crier.

No 1 was getting some more milk out of a fridge upstairs (daft place for a fridge, you're thinking, but honestly, it makes sense) The 2 litre bottle slipped out of his hands, split and spread its contents all over the carpet.

"Hurry up, Dad. It's going everywhere!"

He was right, it really was going everywhere, and that was the reason I was irked. It wasn't the inital spillage, He didn't try to pick up the glugging bottle, he just watched it spreading over the carpet.

Incident No 2 involved child number 2, waving her arms over her glass as she often does, and as I'm often telling her not to. She knocked it over, and it splattered over a wide area. She then watched the glass for a few seconds, tetering over the edge of the table before it rolled over the edge and smashed, which then added to my peevishness.

One would expect another adult to pick up the glugging bottle, or to stop the glass rolling, but for some reason, that's not the way a child's brain works. Whether they learn it because at some stage they feel responsible for their environment, or whether they need yelling at to grasp the lesson, I'm not sure, so it's just as well I yelled.

Posted on 2014-12-17 16:28:02

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