‘I could have kissed her’: I found the best parenting advice at the vets – Hayley Matthews
A trip to the vets and some pickled onion Monster Munch prompts wise words about parenting, writes Hayley Matthews.
I had a really lovely, yet brief conversation with a lady in the vets who gave me some well-needed perspective on parenthood a few days ago.
Earlier on in the morning – ten minutes before leaving for the school run – I noticed my little cat Maxi, struggling to have a pee which can be really dangerous for male cats and this can happen when they get stressed – with a new baby, my mum’s cat and fireworks galore recently, poor wee Maxi has a touch of sting ring at the front bottom.
So within seconds I had Maxi in the cat box, baby Oryn strapped to me and Harris in his clothes quicker than superwoman changing in to her costume. I had us marching to the car in seconds.
All went well at the vet and as I waited to pay I noticed Oryn hungry and chewing at his fingers. I pulled out a bag of pickled onion Monster Munch and made a comment that I knew it wasn’t the best thing but it would give him something to munch on in the meantime.
To my pure delight the lady said: “I’ve been there and don’t worry I’ve yet to meet the perfect parent.”
I could have kissed her – what a quote and what a woman for admitting it! I know a few who think they are that perfect parent but behind the scenes I bet it’s all spaghetti hoops and Monster Munch too. So to the lady in the vets – thank you!