Saturday, March 17, 2007

And it happens to all of us…

I think we made a good record, Iman is 2 years and 9 months and this is he first time it happened to us.

What is this mystery episode?

The thing all parents dread… when their child breaks something at someone’s house. No matter how closely we watch them, no matter how many times we carry them away from potential “breakables” and no matter how many times we tell them not to touch something, it has to happen one day or the other. And for us, it happened yesterday.

I knew Iman would eventually break something at someone’s house. I just didn’t know where it would be, and what she would break. Nonetheless, in my head, I was prepared with a plan of action…

I would ask Iman acknowledge what she did, then hopefully she would feel remorse. Then I would want her to apologize to the person the item belonged to, and finally I would politely ask to replace the item, whatever it may be. I had even thought as much that if the person declined a replacement, in due time I would “casually” gift them something in return.

And like all good plans… mine wasn’t going to work either.

I was at a good friend’s house and Iman broke a clay plate that her son had made when he was 5. He had shaped it and then painted it all on his own… and my little darling dropped it. Now safe to say, these kinds of things are not replaceable. So even though I had Iman apologize, there was nothing I could do to restore it. This friend of mine is very close to me, and I could tell that there was a hint of sadness when she told me it was ok. Of course it’s not ok. If it was any other plate/glass/frame/ANYTHING, I wouldn’t have felt so bad. But artwork made by her son…

Oh great. When it happened to us, it happened bad.

5 Comments:

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous koonj said...

oh no. what a situation.

still, it must be said that something so precious shouldn't have been within reach of a toddler after all.

 
At 10:54 AM, Anonymous pi said...

it happens sometimes, kids are after all kids. mashallah, u are such a good parent! i have seen kids break things and even hit other adults and their parents dont say anything.

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Dariush Alavi said...

At least the friend whose plate got broken is also a parent, so I'm sure she understood.

These things happen. It sounds as though you dealt with it very well.

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Lorraine said...

Ah geez. You handled it very well. And what koonj said.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Farrukh Ahmed said...

Whoosh!! that hurts!!!

I can understand the feeling!
We once had a relative coming to our place (in dubai) and I had literally hid all my cars.....

still, kids somehow manage to "find" things and then there's not stopping them!!

 

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