August 1, 2008
Earlier this morning, James and I went to Target to buy some deodorant. As we were approaching the checkout line, James inserted an index finger into his left nostril, quickly pulled it back out, and put the gooey finger right into his mouth.
Usually I wouldn't mind this type of behavior so much, but there were three or four people in our immediate vicinity so I decided to give my three-year-old a talking to--you know, just for looks.
"James," I said, "It's not nice to do that."
"Do what?" he asked, shrugging is shoulder as high as his ears.
"It's not nice to put your finger into your nose and then into your mouth. That's really ick."
"But you do it, Mom! You do it a wot!"
I looked around at my fellow shoppers, offered up an embarrassed smile and fake-laughed as I shook my head and muttered the word, "Kids!"
Then I bent down to James's ear, put my mouth directly onto it and said, "James. There is a major difference between picking your nose and picking your nose and eating it."
Because it's true...there really is.