I was lugging in a trunk load of groceries. The kids had been so well behaved on this occasion that my mind was elsewhere. On our first trip into the house with our bags, Grace ran ahead and hid by the door. This is the usual game we play. She jumped out and said, “Raaaa!” I hardly noticed.
“Mom, say ‘arghhhh.’”
Still on auto pilot, with no idea what I was saying, I responded, “Ah,” in the most monotone voice you can imagine.
I didn’t wake up from my reverie until she said, very put out, “Next time say, ‘You scared me!’”