It was only a matter of time.
The funny thing was, it wasn't a babushka.
We were walking home from school this afternoon. It was actually a little warm-ish. I wore a jacket, zipped, but no gloves, no hat.
Skittles had worn her Serious Winter Coat this morning, but carried it most of the way home until it started to drizzle. Then she put it on.
Baboo carried her sweater and jacket the whole way.
In front of our building a man about my age said something to me with a smile. Something about kids.
That's what I heard anyhow. He smiled and gestured towards the girls with his chin.
At first I thought he was saying, "Hey, lady! Your children are so gorgeous!"
Then he made a putting-on-a-backpack type gesture, and I thought maybe he meant to communicate, "Hey, those L.L.Bean kid backpacks!* Matching and monogrammed. Gotta get me some o' that action!"
But I was wrong.
The cloud cover on my brain suddenly cleared, and I realized he was saying, "Tell that kid to put her coat on! I'm a doctor! She should put her coat on."
"I know, I know . . ." I replied, trying to establish Parental Solidarity. Kids. Whaddya gonna do?
He wasn't backing down. He seemed genuinely concerned for their well-being.
"This is our house!" I said, changing tactics. I pointed at our building. "This. Our house. Right here." My Russian is limited after all.
He countered once more, "DOC-TOR."
I turned to Baboo. "What have I been telling you? You don't wear a coat, you die of the bloody flux, and that makes ME the bad mother."
He practically escorted us to the door, watching to make sure I really did usher them safely inside.
I suppose a visit from Children's Services is in the works now, eh?
*L.L. Bean did not pay me anything for mentioning them. I don't get paid by anyone for saying anything nice in this blog. I only include links so you can see what it is I'm talking about because I'm too lazy to go get my camera and take a photo of my kids' backpacks. Or whatever.
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