Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Life is good then you get pooped on.
As we were waddling back to our car, laughing, enjoying each other I heard the sounds of the Utah State bird, the seagull, flying over head. These birds are known for their miraculous insect eating abilities over 100 years ago in Utah, saving crops and over 4000 pioneers from starving. Yea, well, that was then.
I felt a plop on my arm. I thought one of my boys had thrown food at me. That would not be shocking. But I looked down on my WHITE sweater and saw greenish, gooey, seagull poop. Ewwwwww!!!! And I swear I could hear those birds laughing as they flew away. I screamed and gagged like a woman who had been pooped on. My hubby poured water on it and tried to clean to the best of his metro-sexual abilities. But there remained one big green stain. It did not quite match the milkshake stain I already had on my cuff. Yea, I was a mess. I had hours to go in that sweater before I could change and it was way too chilly to take it off (thank you Utah for the artic weather). So, I tried not to let it get me down or walk to closely to someone in case I smelled of bird plop.
When we were finally on our way back to our lodgings and the kids were still laughing at the well aimed poop (I guess it could have been worse). I decided to turn it into a teaching moment. I had heard several messages that day about taking advantage of teaching moments with our children so I decided to turn poop into a positive.
Okay kids listen up. Sometimes life will be going really well and then you get pooped on. And it is usually not a matter of IF you get pooped on but WHEN. And it is up to you to decide how to handle the poop. Do you get mad and poop back? Or do you say "Okay I got pooped on. I'll clean it up and move on," And that poop may leave a little stain and set you back for awhile and you may have to head a different direction to stay out of the poop. But it is all up to you and how handle the poop.
Well they all laughed at me. But I bet that is a lesson about bird poop they will not soon forget.