This happened a few months ago. Clementine, in an attempt to get Arlo to stop crying, thought that she’d point out that Linette was nearby, working in the kitchen. Instead of saying “there’s your beautiful mama,” or something like that, though, Clementine decided to go a different route, and refer to Linette as “the thing” that produces his milk.
And here’s a hint to all the little kids in the audience… Women who have just recently given birth, don’t very much like being thought of as “things” that exist merely to lactate.
Oh, and this, to my knowledge, is the first time that I’ve ever posed a photo for this site. I’ve fought against the idea of dramatic reenactmets for a decade, but I didn’t know how else to present this installment of Totally Quotable Clementine. And, now that I’ve done it, I don’t think that I can stop. In fact, I’m thinking about hiring an actor to play a younger version of me, so that I can start posting video reenactments of things that have happened in my past, like the time, about seven years ago, that I confronted two large men in the process of stealing Linette’s car, without realizing, until several seconds into the heated exchange, that my chuckling baby daughter was strapped to my chest.
[note: Linette wasn’t really offended by Clementine referring to her as the thing that makes Arlo’s milk. In fact, she thought that it was really funny. I don’t think, however, that, as a rule, most new mothers like being thought of a dairy cattle. At least, if I were you, I wouldn’t buy my wife a t-shirt that says, “the thing that makes milk.”]