Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fallen from Favor

I have officially fallen from favor in my children's eyes.  We took Evie to Pulmonology this morning (report to follow).  On our way back I was looking in the rear-view mirror, making eye-contact with Tristan helping him practice his presentation for school.
"Look out Mom!" he shrieked.
Just ahead of me on the pavement was, (what used to be) someone's sassy little feline sadly gone astray from home.  I veered to the right, my wheels straddling the cat to steer clear of the oncoming tractor trailer and still avoid the infamous "thump-thump".
A collective "Gasp" erupted from the back seat.
"Mommy, you HIT it.  You KILLED the cat".
"I didn't kill the cat", I tried to explain.
"You DID!" Abi stated emphatically "I saw you.  You ran right over it!"
"No honey!  The cat was already dead". (It was!  I swear!  I saw it on the other side of the two lane highway when we passed it three hours ago).
"Well you killed it AGAIN" Tristan retorted with disgust. "It probably didn't feel good for you to just run over it again!"
"You could go back and try to fix it" Britain begged.
"No baby.  Im sorry"
A heavy dose of the "silent treatment" followed from the backseat.
I figured we could just ride it out.
A mile passed.
Two miles.
Maybe they'd forgotten. (...who was I kidding). "Hey Tristan, want to try the rest of your speech"
"I don't want to anymore." (long pause......) "cause you killed the cat"
It doesn't matter that I'm innocent.  In their eyes, mom is a guilty cat-killer.
Next time I think Ill take my chances with the oncoming tractor trailer!

Sooo, we're back to square 1 with Evie.  The doctor is pleased with her results from tests last week, but said if she were "fine", she wouldn't be acting like this.  Her breathing is often heavy and her oxygen drops dramatically at night sometimes.  He's trying  more aggressive treatment for asthma and for reflux.  (Yet MORE medicine!) The next step will be to refer her to a GI specialist if improvement isn't seen.  So we'll wait it out a couple more weeks.


katherine said...

OHHHhhhhhhh, thats so sad! man, i can just see tristan's little pouty face in the rear view mirror! :)

Kelly said...

oh friend! I am so sorry....poor kitty! Love how you share your kids comments! I bet they can really gang up on you sometimes! =) You are loved....even if you swashed a kitty! Love, Kelly

The Butcher Family said...

Thanks for a great laugh this morning! Your children are so precious! I love their optimism in fixing it...child-like faith is beautiful!
Love you~ Rebecca

Anonymous said...

hee, hee, hee. All my sympathies are with you, Mom!

Karen said...

oh that is too great of a story! I'm sure they've gotten over it by now. Happy Birthday! :)

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