17. "That's my worst nightmare"
This one was actually said to me the other day. I was stood outside the cafe, in the sunshine, waiting for my take away (and now daily necessity) coffee, with my 3 smiling happy children, on our way to the swings for some fun. A mother was sat outside said cafe, with her one adoring cute daughter, and they were enjoying a little smackeral of something nice.
And so it started (some what predictably at first).
Her: "Are they twins?"
Me: "Yes, this one is Edwin, this one is Rufus." (I like to introduce them by name rather than 'the twins'.)
Her: "Are they identical?"
Me: "Yes, very much so."
Her: "Is that one yours too?" (points at curly mopped 3 year old)
Me: "Yes, this one is my daughter, Elspeth. She is 3"
Her: "Oh, that is my worst nightmare, that that might happen to me"
Her: "now that I have her (points to previously mentioned adoring cute daughter), I don't know what I would do if I had twins now!"
Her: "I don't know how you cope"
Her: (sensing she might have just said the wrong thing) "I suppose you just do?"
Me: "Yes, you just have to" (takes now arrived daily necessity also known as coffee, and walks off to the swings to enjoy someone else's idea of a nightmare, also known as my lovely children.)
To be honest, at times, it has been my worst nightmare too. But to actually tell another mother that her life, the one she is living quite well, and doing alright with all things considered, is your worst nightmare? Well, let us just say, it isn't the kindest nor most appropriate thing to be saying. I am just grateful my children aren't old enough to understand what she had just said about them. I am just grateful that my children and I enjoyed our day at the swings, helped my mummy's caffeine intake.