I have to digress. This is a blog about my diaper company, after all. I must talk Poop.
This is one of my favorite stories to tell about #1's potty training.
When our #1 son was potty training, we let him run about half naked. We had the privilege of living on a 20 acre vineyard property for the first 3.5 years of #1's life. This made it extremely easy to potty train. Nature was all around us.
In nature, one sees a lot of poop: coyote poop, chicken poop, skunk poop, cow poop, bird poop, deer poop, dog poop, etc. Living on the vineyard was an incredible way to teach about the cycle of life: how delicate the eco-system is, and how naturally balanced it is - unless we humans intrude.
Our dog, Otto, was extremely fond of cat poop. Especially those tiny litter-wrapped delicacies found in the cat box (lovingly referred to as "Almond Roca"). Our family quickly learned that one being's poop, was another being's nourishment. A form of survival, I suppose.
One warm Spring afternoon, son #1 wandered into the front yard and...pooped.
No big deal, I suppose. Dad and I walked outside, trying to hide our amusement, to help him clean up and reinforce the fact that human poop belonged in the toilet. I went inside to get some toilet paper to pick it up and returned to the crime scene in time to see Otto bound up to me, licking his lips.
"What do you have, Otto? DROP IT."
As I looked closer at Otto, he kept licking his lips, like peanut butter (or something incredibly viscous) was slathered all over his mouth. Hmmmm.
Realizing that I was distracted from my original intent to clean up #1's poop, I rolled my eyes at Otto and turned away to scoop up the evidence and transform this moment into a "teachable" one. But where did it go?!
I looked back at Otto, still meticulously licking his lips with his brown-covered pink tongue, got a waft of the smell emanating from his mouth, and gasped. EEEEWWWWwwwwwwww.
Still naked, #1 wanted to know why I was so disgusted? Trying not to laugh (or vomit), I told #1 that dear Otto had eaten his poop. Instead of laughing himself and finding the humor in the situation, #1 got very quiet. His lower lip began to tremble and he stood as still as an egret. I asked him what was wrong and he started to cry and blurted, "I WANT MY POOP BACK! BAD OTTO!".
Dad and I couldn't contain our laughter any longer and erupted in a body-gyrating cacophony of hoots, cackles and wails.
Instead of joining in, #1 started to break down into an all-out tantrum. But Dad and I couldn't turn off the hilarity of the moment and act as mature parents should in this situation to calm the child. We were doubled-over in laughter and almost dropping to the grass.
Eventually, #1 did see the humor in it and had a good laugh.
Last Spring, our dear Otto left us unexpectedly after a quick bout of terminal cancer that caused him to lose 30 pounds in 3 months.
Posting this today is a tribute to Otto AND a reminder to savor the funny moments of potty-training and child-rearing. After all, if you can't laugh, you just might cry.
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