Apparently, Brody has several fears as an almost 3 year old. We have learned of his fear of turtles this summer, and yesterday, I learned of his fear of rotisserie chickens.
I am going to be completely honest and say that everything about this situation made me laugh. It probably shouldn’t have, but I seriously could not believe this was happening. Are you ever in parenting situations or just life situations that are so crazy you just start laughing and can’t stop? Yes, well that was what happened to me yesterday.
I picked Brody up from MDO and the 3 of us headed to the store to buy groceries for the week. I always put Jillian in the seat of the cart and Brody in the basket area while we shop. The shopping trip was great. The kids were perfect and we were finishing-up our shopping when I went to the deli and picked-up a rotisserie chicken. I sat it in the cart and the look on Brody’s face was priceless.
Mommy, what is that?
It’s a chicken.
Mommy, is that a turtle? (Fear of turtles resurfaces)
No, baby. It’s a chicken.
At this point he has moved as far away as he possibly could from the chicken and is standing-up in the cart looking terrified. I’m pretty sure this is the first time he has noticed a rotisserie chicken is actually a whole chicken.
Brody, you need to sit down so we can finish shopping and check-out.
Mommy, put that chicken back. I am so scared of that chicken. Mommy, put that chicken back. Take it back. I don’t like that chicken. It scares me.
He wasn’t even kidding. I walked over to reassure him that the chicken, although it looked like it might be a live animal, was, in fact, no longer alive. I told him it was not going to get him and that it was just going to stay in it’s little box. Apparently, that wasn’t the reassurance he needed because he wrapped his arms around my neck and insisted he be carried through the store so that he did not have to sit with the chicken. So I agreed to push the cart full of groceries and a baby while carrying a 35lb child through the store. People stared. :)
We made it to the check-out without any other issues. He did ask about the chicken on the way home and I again assured him that the chicken would stay in the trunk where I put him and would not be making it’s way to the back seat with him.
We got home and I began putting groceries away. Brody sat at the bar while I unloaded bags. I went to get the chicken out of the bag to put in the refrigerator and decided to video him just in case he said anything funny about the chicken. Well, he definitely had something to say about the chicken…
My favorite part of the video is that he says, “I can’t look at it!” Sweet boy! I love how sweet and serious he is about his fear of this chicken.
Needless to say, he chose to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner last night. :)