Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Spice of My Life

"Mom, did you ever have spicy eyes?" Ethan asked from the backseat while we were driving.

Spicy eyes? Where is he going with this I thought to myself. Did he mean itchy and red allergy eyes? Did he say "ice" and I misunderstood? While I pondered, he interrupted.

"Moooom!" he repeated loudly. "I asked if you ever had spicy eyes?"

"Well, E, I don't know what you are talking about, so," I paused. "I don't know if my eyes have ever been spicy."

I could see his exasperated expression in my rearview mirror as he tried to explain. "You know that show that was on TV that was talking about the police?"

"The news?" I asked.

"Yes! The news!" he paused, thought for a second and then started back into his explanation. "Well, it said the police used pepper spray. So, I wondered if you had ever had spicy eyes."

I chuckled.

"So, you think pepper spray makes your eyes SPICY?" I questioned.

He shot back. "Yeah! Doesn't it?"

And then I thought for a moment, and I realized that spicy eyes would be pretty good description for pepper spray's lasting effect.

"You know bud that is a very good way to explain it. But, " I waited to make sure he was listening, "what makes you think that Mommy has had spicy eyes?"

He blushed, and then said, "Well, I was listening one time when you were telling a story about you and a policeman."

Hmmm. Several of my police encounters ran through my mind and although none were fun, none also resulted in me being sprayed with pepper spray.

I gave it a shot in the dark. "E, mommy was talking about a ticket that a policeman gave her for not following a driving rule. They don't pepper spray you for getting a ticket, " I explained.

"Oh," he said quietly and with disappointment. Apparently, if I had been pepper sprayed, then I would have been a rock star. A measly ticket warranted nothing in E's estimation.

And any story that would make me a rock star . . . is obviously too spicy for a six year old!!






7 comments:

  1. Hahaha love it.
    Unfortunately I have had spicy eyes. Not because I was meant to get them myself, but because I was standing too near a situation where someone else was getting spicy eye'd. I don't recommend it. :)

    Tickets can be hardcore too!

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  2. Well, I happen to think you are very spicy. ANd I love your new look---perfect for you!!!

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  3. LMAO! I think that is hysterical!!

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  4. Too funny! I mentioned the word serial killer in front of my son who was 9 at the time...he got this confused look and said "mom, why would someone want to kill cereal???" uh huh...mom of the year I am, that's me! Love your blog, now following!

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  5. Haha! That's so cute. Kids have such an interesting way of looking at things.

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