We were at the shops the other day (getting donuts as usual) and Ashlea got 'poor thing'ed. Let me explain...
I was chatting to another mum and a little old lady stopped me to point out that Ashlea was in the process of throwing her glasses on the floor. At this point I am liking the little old lady as she has saved me from having to retrace my steps throughout the shops looking for them later. But then, as she was turning to leave, the old lady looked at Ashlea and said "the poor thing".
Not liking the lady so much at this point. What do you say when people 'poor thing' your child? It isn't so bad when your child is obviously unwell and it is sympathy because they are sick, but Ashlea was happily sitting in her pram babbling to herself. I know the lady didn't mean any harm by it, but I feel it was an unnecessary reminder of my child's disabilities - another case of seeing the disability rather than the child.
So, I need a comeback. Any ideas???