Popping That Might Leave A Scar

My daughter and I are having one of those moments. I’m holding her close as we stare into each other’s eyes with that special mama-daughter love.

Until N breaks eye contact and furrows her brow at my chin.

My daughter reaches out her hand: Mama, fall down?

Me: No. It’s not booboo, sweetie. It’s a zit. We all have pores in our skin and this one’s infected. But it doesn’t hurt.  You can even pick them and pop them!

N: No hurt?

Me: Only my pride.

My daughter picks at it for a minute longer then scans my body for more of these mysterious non-booboos.

She suddenly lights up as she reaches out her hand shouting: ZIT!

With a yelp and a well-timed elbow block, I narrowly keep her from popping my nipple.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

20 thoughts to “Popping That Might Leave A Scar”

  1. This.Is.Awesome.

    FWIW, my daughter is fascinated by my nipples too. She likes to flick them. And not in a good way. Such a lack of respect for that which provided her sustenance for the first seven months of her life.

  2. I agree, that’s awesome.

    I’ve never had mine mistaken for a zit, but I do have a mole on my chin (my mom, bless her heart, used to call it a beauty mark). Which apparently looks like a nipple because it’s my 3rd according to my 2.5yo daughter.

  3. *snort* OH MY. LOL – I started reading and was going to comment about how Hubs called me yesterday and said he had a HUGE PIMPLE on his forehead that was so swollen that people at work asked him if someone hit him in the head with a baseball bat during his shift (he’s a night shift cop) but it JUST appeared, so it could have been a bug bite?? it’s smaller now – but has a bruise under it (MEGA STRANGE) but then the ending of your post had me cracking up… I recently stuck my 2-year-old daughter in the shower with me and while holding her to wash her hair she started poking my nip and saying “what this Momma?” (I finished rinsing her hair QUICKLY and set her back down… only to have her hit my bum and say “you butt wiggle Momma!”) I may already be finished showering WITH toddler…

    oh… I guess I did comment to both aspects didn’t I?

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