I was busy teaching a violin lesson, when my son came in to the room. "Mama, I have a secret," he said.
"Dude, I'm trying to teach here. Can your secret wait?'
"No. Bend down and I'll tell you."
I bent down while he whispered his secret. Except it was so quiet, I couldn't hear it. "Dude, I can't hear you." I said.
He tried again. Something about toilets. A big hippopotamus in the toilet? A pink elephant in the toilet? I just couldn't tell. "Okay," I said. "That's nice. Now Mommy has to teach."
He left the room, and I forgot about the secret. Until my daughter came screaming out of the bathroom.
"Mom! There's something in the toilet!"
Oh yeah. The big hippopotamus.
I went to investigate. It wasn't a hippopotamus. But it probably smelled like one. A shovel was required for its removal.
How come nobody ever told me about this part of the mom job? (Probably because it's a big secret!)