Check Please

posted by Momo Fali on October 5, 2010

I’m going to allow myself to be conceited, because this is my blog and I’m my own editor and I can have an ego if I want to. Neener-neener.

You know how everyone sits down at a job interview and says, “I’m a people person”? Well, I really am a people person. I’m an extrovert, a talker, a social butterfly, if you will. I love people.

And, I hate ignorance.

I have friends of all different races and colors and beliefs. I love them, not despite our differences, but sometimes because of them. I am doing my best to teach my children the same thing.

This likely wasn’t evident when my son called two Muslim woman “pirates” and it surely wasn’t apparent yesterday at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants.

Because it had to seem that we are breeding nothing but intolerance when my son heard a woman speaking Chinese to her child, looked at her and said, “Uh, we’re not in China.”


  • Melisa with one S

    WELL, YOU'RE NOT! That was a totally true statement! πŸ™‚

    (*tee hee*)

    Man, he cracks me up.

    What did the woman say, for goodness' sakes???

    Your Jewish friend.

  • Millicent

    oh my goodness—-THAT is FUNNY!!!

  • Amie

    OMG…he really is Little Duffy. When he was a child, Duff apparently thought a black forest ranger was Smokey the Bear.

  • The No Wonder Mom

    Kids say some odd things. When my son was 4 he asked our black mailman John "why do you have purple skin?" Thank you John for being so understanding.

  • Heather

    OH MY, NO HE DIDN'T. hahahahahah. I'm sure you are STILL embarrassed about that one. Super hilarious though πŸ˜‰

  • AlisonH

    Kids… They learn tolerance by what their parents will not tolerate. Hang in there. (Man, can I relate to what you went through there!)

  • ZDub

    We were at the nail salon and the ladies were chatting in Korean. My daughter started imitating them and you could have heard a pin drop.

    And P.S. I'm married to an asian, we kinda like the asians around these parts. πŸ™‚

  • Oscar

    arrrrgh!!! Pass the wasabi

  • Sadia

    Ooohhh … I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. My children's intolerant comments are limited to people's weight. Yeah.

  • Sadia

    Oh, if you haven't read it already, there's a good chapter in Nurtureshock that addresses this very thing!

  • UP

    Kids say what they think..with no filter.

    When I was a kid we visited an old army buddy of Dad's. He came out to see us without his glass eye in place.

    I said, (excitedly) "What happened to your eye?"…you'da thought I'd slapped the Queen!

    So, if you don't want kids asking about things, noticing things, saying things…speak English, and for the Love of Liz, leave the eye in, and move on!

    The kid will!

    And, he's not hearing things "just from you"…there are alot of jerks out there…you'd better keep an eye out for them!


  • WeaselMomma

    Parenting is full of those 'just let me crawl under the table now' moments. You seem to get a disproportionate amount of them, though. The good news is that I am able to get a disproportionate amount of laughter out of the deal.

  • Otter Thomas

    That's funny to all of us. I'm sure you wanted to hide.

  • Julie

    Ah yes, the comments that make you want to crawl under something! My children are friends with children down the street who are from Russia. We have a hard time pronouncing their last name, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when one day we saw them at Walmart and my five year old yelled, "look Mommy the Russians are coming!" We all have those embarrasing moments!

    Julie in PA

  • Mrs4444

    This is the funniest post I've read all weekend (and believe me, my butt has been on the couch a LOT, so that's saying a lot). I'm linking it up to Saturday Sampling on, you guessed it, Saturday! I'm also putting it in my list of all time faves. So there. Thanks for the crack up!

  • Matty

    Stopped in by way of Mrs 4444.

    Don't you just love the innocence of kids? Out of the mouths of babes……

  • Emily

    Ah the joys of parenting! My child is four and whenever he hears people speaking a foreign language he starts babbling really loudly. He did it to one of his friend's mothers, I thought I would sink into the ground, but she was very understanding.

    "It just sounds like babble," she said. "He's just saying what he hears."

  • lisleman

    funny – came by from Mrs 4444
    Maybe someday your son will be in China and will probably remember this.

  • Holly Mann

    I just now discovered this website – and everything I am reading is hilarious! You are awesome! Thank you for this refreshing break in my day!

  • Mrs4444

    Linking to this tonight. Thanks again for the chuckle πŸ™‚

  • Amy Sullivan

    Okay, this was funny. A couple years ago, my daughter asked an African America man, "Do you know why it is that the brown skin people that have the best music?"


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  • Life with Kaishon

    Oh my goodness. So funny.
    Darn little sponges we parent! I have no idea where they get all of their bad habits from!

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