Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Contribution to Global Warning

I am obviously pregnant. On top of that 90% of the time I am gallivanting around with 2 toddlers. People have comments- some appreciated, others are a bit bizarre. But yesterday, I got one- a strong one- that had never even crossed my mind as a possibility. At my gym, they often times have boutique clothing set up to suck you in to doing a little shopping before you are on your way. You know, you're feeling good about yourself after a hard workout, feel like you just conquered the world, and therefore would look good in anything. Not to mention, you're covered in sweat, taking out the need to even try the clothes on. Well, my big-belly self still has to stop and look every time I pass, even though I'm not exactly their targeted clientele. Yesterday, the owner and I were chatting and she was telling me how I could cut the elastic off this $60 shirt and turn it into a maternity shirt. That should have clued me into her reasoning processes because I am no longer a teenager and am sure as heck not about to bring scissors to an item I just spent 60 bucks on. 12 years ago, maybe. Today- not a chance. Well she comments on me being pregnant and somehow the conversation leads me to telling her that I still want one more after this one. That's when her head flips up in what I first took as shock. I know, 4 kids can seem like a lot. But I'm wrong. Her reaction was not shock, but disgust. "What about global warming? You have got to stop." This was not a suggestion, rather a strong demand. I'm admittedly not very sensitive to the subject of global warming and simply stated, "I think the earth will be able to handle my four kids. We'll be fine. They'll be contributors, not just takers." I mean, really, how was I supposed to respond to that type of comment? Caught me off guard. I've never had to defend my having kids to global warming. I guess this only proves how environmentally disrespectful I am. But I can sleep at night and I'll tell you why. I recycle my Coke cans and water bottles. Most of the time.

14 comments:

kelie said...

Oh my...some people and their environmental issues. I would have been like, "Guess what lady, I'm going to buy a Hummer too, to haul my 4 kids around in. How do you like that!!?? And we're going to use Styrofoam and plastic grocery bags at walmart too!"

Cassi said...

Wow! I think you handled that quite well. I can't believe she would even say something like that right to your face. The nerve of some people!

Sarah said...

Hilarious!! What a strange woman.

Rachel said...

oh my gosh! that is hilarious! i am so glad you were able to come up with a good response. i think i would have been stunned into silence. next time you see her you should tel her you have actually decided to have 3 or 4 more kids. see how she likes that!

Jen said...

I swear I think she has gotten around cuz when I was pregnant and shopping in Encino a woman asked me how many kids I'm going to have and before I could answer she said "..because you should only have 2 to replace you and your husband on the Earth and not cause any more impact on the environment and resources." I told her it was none of her business but that I will make sure we recycle and when we get a house, we'll start a compost pile and send her a picture so she feels better. ;)

Steph said...

oh my gosh gay! that is the most HI-LARIOUS thing I have ever heard...I am glad you to hear you recycle your coke cans because otherwise I would have to tell you to stop having those kids...oh wow.

Cami said...

AHHH that is hilarious! I can't believe she seriously said that.
First off it doesn't surprise me cause people in LA are not afraid to say what's on their minds when it comes to kids, but really global warming.
I'm sure she carried all those clothes on her bicycle to the gym.
Oh that just cracks me up. I loved your comeback!

K.M.L said...

Oh my goodness! Some people are just WAY far out there. Good comeback! :)

Jenn and Mike said...

Wow! That is definitely a new one!

Kady said...

Not sure I could have even responded without giggling. Way to go Gay!

Jessica said...

Rude!! I hope you wiped your sweaty brow with her shirt and threw it back in her face.

Crazy Lady said...

can i sock that lady? your answer was perfect.

dude, your belly shot looks like me right now at 18 weeks...you suck.

The Sorensens said...

Global warming? Oh my, only in LA!!! I have no idea what your talking about when you say big arms and doctor asking about diet. Your picks are tiny! Oh, glad to see you and the kids are still having so much fun, even with the belly. Way to have energy!

xcdenke said...

Go Gay, you rock!! I am so impressed. Way to stand up for what you believe in.