Talking with my friend recently – this is a friend with a baby son only a month younger than mine – we realized something. Moms (and, it must be supposed, dads as well) do gross things in the name of parenthood. We were talking about when babies get congested, which led to the topic of boogers.
She said, “What do you do about those?”
I paused. What do I say? The truth, or something else?
She beat me to it: “I usually just pick them for him.”
Me, with relief: “Me too!!”
Then I confessed that I had been considering making up some more civilized response, one which would have been untrue. Wondering to myself, what do most moms do? Am I, like, the gross mom, all alone? But hooray! Now we can be open about this. We’re all in this together. I’m sure we’ll have to do lots more things that make you go eewww in the name of parenthood.
My Survey Question is this: what gross things have you done for the sake of the children?