We brought our first daughter home from the hospital, pulled her out of the car seat, laid her in the middle of the living room, and told her, “OK, now do something funny.” We didn’t have to wait long; sure enough the laughs began. Why? Why do we find our offspring so entertaining? Because babies are dumb.
|My future Mensa candidate|
Babies can’t help that they’re dumb. They don’t realize that when they hide their face behind the window curtains, laughing with delight at their amazing disappearing ability, the entire rest of their body is still in plain sight. They don’t realize that the fuzzy new toy they can’t seem to quite pull into view is the hair that is still attached to their own head. One of my favorites: they honestly believe that they can fit on the miniature dollhouse toilet and will try futilely to sit on it.
My baby girl topped her sisters this week, on proving my mantra that “babies are dumb.” She got a hold of a bottle of Japanese Cherry Blossom hand sanitizer and dumped it down her face and body. Because I had no idea how much she’d actually consumed (FYI- hand sanitizer is extremely high in alcohol and only a small amount can give a child alcohol poisoning), and I could smell the fragrance on her breath, we got to make an evening visit to the ER. She showed no signs of inebriation (although that probably would have been funny in only the sickest sense), but we still had to let them do a blood draw to make sure she was OK. It was excruciating, holding her down for it, knowing that she had no way of comprehending why she was being put through this torture. Then we had a long wait in the room, while they ran the labs, twice, because they got an error the first time. On top of that, I had to endure the inquiries and suspicious glances of all the hospital personnel, who are legally obligated to report me, if they suspect this happened as a result of abuse or neglect. The labs came back clean; she hadn’t actually swallowed anything at all, for which I am grateful, and certainly not anxious to repeat the exercise.
The very next morning, however, my darling girl discovered a fresh pile of dog poo, ripe for the curious eater. Imagine my surprise when I turn around after only a moment’s distraction to see her hand up to her mouth and a bright green turd between her lips. I have no idea what dog poop tastes like, so I can’t be sure if it was my dismayed directive or her sensitive palate, but it took only a moment for her to spit it out and there were no teeth marks or other signs that it had actually made it into her mouth. I wasted no time in throwing her in the bathtub and thoroughly brushing her teeth. Not that a bath was going to do any good at removing dog poop from her insides, had it made it there, but it definitely made me feel better.
My word of advice while I was bathing her, “Sweetheart, if you’re going to gargle sanitizer, do it after you eat the dog poop next time.” See, babies are dumb.
Here are some proverbs of Solomon: Children with good sense make their parents happy, but foolish children make them sad. Proverbs 10:1