Kiki pretends to bite Bunder who sits next to her in the shopping cart. Bunder screams hysterically, “She’s going to bite me! She’s going to bite me!”
Sometimes Kiki does bite Bunder, but only when she deems necessary (e.g. he takes her toy away, bonks her on the head, pushes her down, etc.) In the shopping cart, she’s doing it to experience Bunder’s fun reaction.
I distract them with snacks, mini Nilla wafers and yogurt raisins. They eat quietly, while I attempt to find juice with the least amount of arsenic in it. “Did Consumer Reports recommend Mott’s or was it Juicy Juice? They didn’t test the H.E.B. brand.” Bunder distracts my thoughts with the one sentence all moms in public places dread to hear…
“Mommy, I have to go poop.”
Because I’m trying for the mom-of-the-year award, I attempt to talk him out of it. “Are you sure? We’re almost done shopping. Don’t you think you can wait?”
He refuses. I sigh and ask the closest sales associate for directions to the restrooms. Of course, they’re on the exact opposite side of the store.
Approaching the restrooms, I look for a family room. “This will work,” I talk to myself. “I’ll just push the cart with Kiki into the bathroom like I do our stroller.”
Oh, wait. My cart is full of food and my options are “Men” or “Women.” (Recently, in my foggy Mommy state, I took Bunder into Men’s room thinking, “Okay. He’s a boy. Gotta go in the boys’ room.” I saw the urinals and snapped out of my daze).
I throw my huge diaper bag over my shoulder, because I don’t dare leave my wallet, iPhone, and snot rags in the middle of the supermarket aisle. I unstrap and heft Bunder out of his seat. Then I do the same for Kiki hoisting her on my hip while balancing the diaper bag and holding Bunder’s hand.
“Don’t touch ANYTHING,” I hiss at both of them.
Inside the restroom, I gag at the smell. Bunder instantly drags his fingers across the metal stall doors.
“Don’t touch! Don’t touch!” I scream.
I choose the largest stall and try not to retch at the sight of the less-than-clean toilet. I glance around at my options for placing Kiki. I can’t hold her and hold Bunder on top of the four-foot high toilet at the same time.
I cringe as I set Kiki standing on the ground next to me. “Don’t touch anything,” I warn for the umpteenth time.
She instantly walks to the door and grabs for the latch. “No! No!” I scream, “Don’t touch!”
I wipe off the toilet and examine Bunder. “I guess I have to remove at least one shoe. Otherwise he won’t be able to straddle the toilet,” I think.
“Okay, Bunder, Mommy’s going to take off your shoe. No! No! Don’t sit down! The floor’s dirty. No! No! Don’t grab the toilet. Hold onto me for balance.”
I set Bunder on top of the toilet in an awkward position. It looks as if he’s doing the splits over the toilet and about to topple into it head first. I squat next to him holding his torso to steady him, but he grabs the toilet in between the toilet seat where I didn’t wipe. “No! No! Don’t grab that! Put your hands up here,” I move his hands to the seat.
“Uh-uh! What’s Kiki doing?” I think as I glance behind me.
“No, Kiki! Don’t touch the floor! What’s in your mouth?”
We finish, and I take turns holding each of them up to the sink. I try to balance them on my knee while scrubbing their little hands.
We make our way toward the back of the store, as I daydream about showering them with disinfectant.
When will I learn to quit grocery shopping?