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Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Was I not, just the other week, waxing sentimental about the sweet, honest things children say? Well, I take it all back.

See, I have this pore on my face that’s slightly smaller than the Grand Canyon. (I know this because I was just there a few weeks ago.) It’s right at the edge of my nose and when I apply foundation, well, let’s just say the word spackle comes to mind.

Apparently, I was distracted while doing my makeup the other day because my middle child, who happens to be my most—um—honest one, cocks his head at me in the middle of the restaurant and says (quite loudly, thank you very much), “Mom, did you know you have a hole in your face?”

Only someone with great insecurities would know he was not referring to my mouth or nose. I narrow my eyes at him, a look I generally save for Kevin, but this child is getting old enough for Angry Woman look and apparently he needs lessons on what not to say.

“It’s not a hole. It’s a pore,” I say, silently wondering if it can qualify as a pore if it can be seen from across a table.

“No, it’s not.” His eyes are wide and innocent, and I’m thinking about now that innocence is neither sweet nor cute. “Pores are too small to see. That’s a big hole.”

Kevin covers his mouth, and I’m pretty sure his cough disguises a laugh. I'm trying to decide whether to change the subject or make this a learning moment. The mom in me takes over and I launch into a lecture about manors boring enough to make all three boys fall asleep in their plates of spaghetti. Mission accomplished.

If anyone has any pore shrinking tips, I’m all ears. Until then, I’ll just keep a putty knife handy.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:39 AM  
  Comments (9)
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At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ROFLOL!!! *Gasp* Just getting air back in these lungs after that one. Oh boy, do I sympathize! I have laughed, cried and turned three shades of red all at the same time over some of the things my kids have said. They have made me want to laugh, crawl under the table and scold them all at the same time. They are still at that innocent age where NOTHING is private, personal or maybe not the best dinner topic! But they sure keep you humble. LOL :-)

You've read the proverb "Pride cometh before a fall." Well my version goes something like this. "Believing I'm Super Mom and have it all together and wisdom to boot COMETH before my four-year-old opens his mouth." :-)

Hey, laughter is good for you. And what doesn't kill ya only makes ya stronger.....right?


At 10:28 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Oh my gosh, how they do humble us. Usually at the very moment we think we're doing a decent job! Well, someday they'll marry someone who looks like Mom, so you better tell them how to treat her! LOL

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, D! I feel your pain. I have pores big enough to swallow makeup brushes whole. I can use a whole bottle of foundation at one sitting. Sigh.

My kids are no longer home to point out my flaws, but now we have grandkids, so I'm afraid. I'm very afraid.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

So THAT'S where my makeup brush disappeared to.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Thanks for my first laugh for the day. It was hearty.

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh shoot, was that yours?

At 1:47 PM, Blogger K.Michelle said...

Four words will save you from this moment in time ever again, and all save your kid from knowing that his mom wants to strangle him...

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I can relate. I, too, have one on the side of my nose adn one in the middle of my forehead. I had to start wearing bangs again. Sheesh.

It's all because I used to snicker at my sister-in-law because she had one. It's not nice to fool mother nature. She gets back at you. :o(

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Oh, thanks, Michelle! I'll check into that.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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