With 2 young kids in tow, the attention span and energy get somewhat lesser by the day. But I am so thankful that my 4yo boy asked me a question that levelled my energy up suddenly.
It was a usual Sunday. We had a great time in church and headed back home for lunch. Then out we went to run some errands. Tired and thirsty, we headed to an eatery that is child friendly. When K’s order came, we said grace and we let him to eat on his own. Hub was feeding S and me, resting my tired bones from baby wearing S. In an average setting, that was how we always do, except for that afternoon.
K innocently held up a piece of white object (shown in the picture) and asked me if that was an egg shell. It looked like one. I took it and even bit into it. Immediately, a mother’s instinct shot right through me. Torrents of questions gushed out of my mouth as I grilled him. ‘Did you swallow anything like that? Was that the only piece? Did you bite any more of such objects? Open your mouth’. Satisfied that K did not ingest any pieces, I then got to the next action- calling for the manager. She was nice and apologetic through out. She replaced the order, waived that amount and treated K to a slice of cake too. While that was fine, I still wanted the management to investigate on the safety guidelines. This is an eatery popular with children, and I definitely do not want such accidents to occur. I am not naming the eatery yet. I’ve emailed the management to ask for an answer and will wait for them to get back. Failing which, I will proceed to share the name (seems it’s the most effective on social media platform) but I am not for it yet. That will be my final resort if they can’t asssur3 me that children can eat safely there.
On another note, I am thankful we make it a habit to pray and thank God for our meals. It is a real lesson for K as he nearly swallowed the piece of ceramic. I am thankful that K was prompted to pick up the piece and asked me. I was totally switched off during the meal and now thinking back, a tad guilty of not checking for him. Praying works and the power of God is real! Thank you Jesus for Your protection!