******So, on to the stories.
I'm really observant... let me assure you. I watch my daughter like a hawk.
So we were in the Houston airport on a layover during our recent trip back to Midland from Portland where Cora and I were visiting my grandparents. Cora was rolling around on a blanket at my feet, and I was chatting with the lady next to me. I had slid my shoes off, and could feel Cora at my ankles, happily playing and rolling around.
And then the ticket agent came up to me.
"Umm, excuse me," she said.
I smiled, "Yes."
"Umm... I don't think you realize this," she paused, "But your daughter is sucking on your shoe."
And by golly, she was. Had the whole thing in her mouth and was licking the bottom of it. I am not too finicky about germs, but that grossed even me out. I earned lots of points for watching my daughter that day.
And then today, at the grocery store checkout line... I was in front of the cart paying my bill, while Cora was sitting in her car seat facing away from me. The lady behind me in line all of a sudden interrupted my transaction. I thought she was going to tell me how adorable my little girl was. (Because, of course, she is. I mean look at her!!!)
But instead, it was another stellar parenting moment being brought to my attention by a complete stranger.
"Your daughter is eating your shopping list, I think."
She was ever-so-polite, acting as if it were the most normal thing in the world. I leaned around the cart, expecting some little corner of the list in her mouth. But instead, I found Cora's mouth STUFFED with paper. I mean seriously, if she'd swallowed... well, don't want to think about it. I generally try to keep choking hazards away from her, but evidently I have my off days.
Next time I won't let her play with the shopping list. Lesson learned.