How have your kids embarrassed you in public?

About a week ago, I was standing in the Publix talking to the fish guy. My 2-year-old daughter Lilina was digging in my diaper bag. I was standing right next to her sitting in the cart but I didn’t notice she had pulled a gigantic maxi pad out of the bag and was unwrapping it. By the time I looked down, she had it completely unfolded and was waving it around. I tried to act nonchalant and grab it quickly and shove it back in the bag, but the fish guy clearly saw it and was smirking. It was pretty embarrassing.

The other day in church Walsh was rubbing my back with his little hand while we were kneeling. And then in a split second he started pulling up my shirt where the ushers could see a little too much. Not as bad of experience as the maxi-pad, but I wasn’t happy about it.

They all do it – most of the time unintentionally. Our little darlings routinely embarrass their parents in public.

How have your little ones embarrassed you in public? Did anyone notice what was going on? What was your reaction?

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va. lady

March 26th, 2009
8:16 am

Years ago, my husband and I were remodeling a bathroom. With kids in tow, we visited a plumbing supply store. My oldest child was 3. As hubby and I were looking at various fixtures, I heard the saleswoman exclaim, “Oh my God!” I turned to see my 3-year old son sitting on one of the display models and producing a “number 2″ We bought the toilet.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2009
8:24 am

Oh my! That IS embarrassing!! I would have gone to bed for a week!

JJ

March 26th, 2009
8:27 am

I can’t think of anything at the moment, but I’m sure there was a moment or two over the last 18 years…..I’m looking forward to some of the stories…….

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2009
8:30 am

JJ – I’m sure one will come to you!

FCM

March 26th, 2009
9:11 am

In public, in private, it doesn’t matter. I sometimes think their sole (and soul) purpose in life is to embarass me.

However, if you ask them, there are pleanty of times I embarass them. Like when I asked them to please get in the car while picking them up from daycare….they kept ignoring the request and dancing to some music. So I started dancing. That did it! They were so ready to leave.

Now my mother is almost evil in what she does to embarass me. She walked up to my desk at work the other day in front of coworkers and said “Why didn’t you comb your hair today?” EXCUSE ME???!!!!! I had combed my hair, not if it warranted a check in the ladies room then be discreet!

JJ

March 26th, 2009
9:23 am

It’s my goal to embarrass my daughter!!!! She hates it, but her friends love it!!!

Stacey

March 26th, 2009
9:30 am

My son was not quite 3 but newly potty trained and we were long car trip. We stopped at a McDonald’s in Birmingham for breakfast and while my husband got food, I decided to take my son to the restroom. Once he finished, I had him stand in the corner far corner of the stall on I could use the restroom. As soon as I started he ran over and looked and asked (very loudly), “Mommy, where’s your wee-wee?” I simply told him that Mommy is a girl and only boys have “wee-wees”. (Thankfully, he didn’t want to know at that time what girls have).

We finished our business, washed our hands and were about to go eat. As soon as we walked out of the restroom, my husband appeared at the drink station to get our drinks. My son (eager to share his newly found knowledge) yelled across the packed restaurant, “Daddy! Mommy don’t got no wee-wee!” Everyone in the restaurant was laughing as I grabbed my son and ran out of the back door. Needless to say, we got our food to go and ate while we drove because I refused to go back in there after that. My husband later told me that an old man slapped him on the back and said he was happy for him because these days, you never know!

rh

March 26th, 2009
9:31 am

Oh, so many! But the one that comes to mind immediately was when I had my then 3 year old in a public ladies room with me while I went to the bathroom and she exclaimed (loudly)-”Mommy, why are you all furry down there!” Did I mention the restroom was full?

sd

March 26th, 2009
9:37 am

My son at 2 or 3 was very much into Sesame Street. As you probably know, on Sesame Street, characters such as Elmo and Grover and Cookie are called “Monsters”. To him, at that time, the word “Monster” did not have any negative connotation. I took him one day to the Dekalb Farmers Market. There were two Muslim women shopping in full Birka with Veil. To him, they looked like the characters on Sesame Street. He pointed at them and yelled “Look Daddy, Monsters! Monsters!” The women did not react, however, several other shoppers shook their heads in disgust. No doubt they though that I was raising my child to hate.

More recently, about 6 months ago, he spotted a very large man and said, “Daddy, look how fat he is!”. He is still only 5, but we had a long talk about that.

Jesse's Girl

March 26th, 2009
10:14 am

Here’s a little treasure for ya…..Our oldest daughter was 7 and our youngest was 5…The Boy was about a year….too young yet to shame me. We were in Lord and Taylor at Phipps. I was having my “time” and since the kids were all so young, I had to do my business in the family stall. Now I always made the girls turn their heads….I do have some class. But they still knew what I was doing. That afternoon, it had been a while between bathroom visits. My youngest daughter pulls a tampon out of the diaper bag, waves it in the air so that everyone can see exactly what it is and announces “Mommy!!! Brother just pooped and you need a new one of these too!!!” I slinked away to the PJ and bra section…only to have my oldest daughter wonder rather loudly…again, where even the dead could hear, “Mom…why are we in this area? You sleep nekkid…you don’t need new PJ’s!”

And just last week…The Boy asks me…at church no less…why his weenis gets hard in the bath tub. The little girl beside us says…without missing a freakin beat…” I think you’re washing too hard!” Priceless…

Becky

March 26th, 2009
10:19 am

I can’t really think of anything..I tend not to get embarrassed easily, so it’s never been much of a problem with me..I did have a similar story with a toilet though, except it was a new house that we were looking at..The little boy was about 4 & had to go bad, the sales lady took us to one that was sorta away from the rest of the house & all was ok..

SouthFultonMom

March 26th, 2009
10:36 am

My husband and I were having a lovely evening out at Red Lobster with our then 3 year old daughter. While we were engrossed in our conversation, we didn’t notice her crawl out of the high chair, climb onto the table and scream out, “Hey everybody, look at my posterior!”. She then proceeded to lift her skirt. Thank goodness she was wearing tights!

JJ

March 26th, 2009
10:50 am

Laughing at the stories……I still can’t think of any embarrassing moments. The rain must be affecting my brain……

Jesse's Girl

March 26th, 2009
11:17 am

I’d be rather impressed if my 3 year old used “posterior” in the correct context:)

Sue

March 26th, 2009
11:21 am

I am 30 years old and no children yet but I do recall my mother telling me how I embarrassed her in the grocery store one day when I was about 3. My mother’s boss was shopping there too and she came over to say hello. As she was walking away, I loudly announced to my mother, “I don’t like that lady!” Mom said she knows the lady and every one else in the store heard me.

MA

March 26th, 2009
11:22 am

Not in public. But, our son was 4 when we moved into our new house. We had discussed 911 many times and how “not” to call unless there was a true emergency. My husband and I were in the yard and I heard the phone ring. I went to answer it and the guy on the other line was laughing and could barely talk. He said, “Please let your child know to only call for a true emergency”. I said, “We have tried to tell him that many times, why, what happened”? He said, “Your son called to say that he had to wipe and could not find you to help him, could I come help”?! We had a talk with him right after I finished wiping him!

dw

March 26th, 2009
11:24 am

My wife’s friend stopped by right after my wife had taken down my daughter’s braids. The friend tells my daughter without saying hello or anything, “my goodness, little girl you need to get your hair done”, and my daughter who was about 3 at the time says, “yeah, but you’re fat you know?” My wife and I both wished we could have crawled under the carpet.

JB

March 26th, 2009
11:28 am

I took my son and his friend to stonemountain park over the weekend. We all walk to the very top of the mountain as we were coming down the boys decided to run. Each time my child lost he decided to cry and cry and cry. I finally had to pull him away from everyone else and we walked a different path.

new mom

March 26th, 2009
11:28 am

Well I haven’t had too many embarrassing moments….YET! But I’m sure my time will come. Especially as our little one talks more and more. She is doing something that apparently I used to do, and it would embarrass my mother to death. I suppose it’s payback, but I also think this is normal. Whenever we are out just the two of us, our girl yells ‘daddy!’ at any man we pass. I can tell it makes the men nervous…She did that this week to her pediatrician, and he sweetly said ‘yes, I am a daddy, just not your daddy’. I’m sure he gets that a lot…

If our girl is half as, well, outspoken, as I was, we are seriously in trouble. I still hear the story about when I was 5 or 6, when the Avon lady came to our house. After sitting (patiently, I’m sure!) with my hand raised, my mother finally said, ‘yes?’ I asked, ‘did she come here to sell you something, or did she just come to talk?’ Apparently that one scarred my mom for life!

SouthFultonMom

March 26th, 2009
11:33 am

Thanks Jesse’s Girl. I read somewhere that you should use appropriate names for body parts with kids. Being a new mom, I definitely did it and everything else I thought sounded like a good idea! She’s a teenager now, but we often remind her of this memorable moment!

Doctor Doctor

March 26th, 2009
11:34 am

One of my patient’s kids was running around in the waiting room and her mother kept telling her to sit down and be quiet. There was an empty seat next to a male patient and the mother pointed to it and told her to sit down. The little girl said (in front of the packed waiting room): “Mommy I don’t wanna sit there – that man smells!”. Oh, and by the way (commenting on an earlier post): isn’t “lovely evening” and “Red Lobster” an oxymoron?

JMS

March 26th, 2009
11:37 am

When my now 23 year old daughter was 2 1/2 we were at the grocery store and she wanted some candy, I had told her that too much candy will make her fat and candy is not good for your teeth sothere would be no candy that day. After completing my shopping we ended up at check out behind a rather large lady, my daughter in her rather loud voice calls out “Mommy! Mommy! Did that lady eat to much candy? I do not think the large lady thought my daughter was cute or funny, all I could do was appologise… The check out lady, once the large lady left, said that was the funniest thing she had witnessed in along time. I was mortified.

JMS

March 26th, 2009
11:55 am

Anther one… Same, now 23 year year old daughter, at age 4 was learning about aging at her 2 day a week day care. How as you get older your skin wrinkles, hair gets grey and eventually you die. I was walking across the courtyard from one store to the bank and she pulled her hand out of mine and stopped dead in her tracks(no pun inteneded), I kept walking, looking down to check she was still with me, whe I realized why she had wanted to stop, she was staring at these two older ladies, probably in their 70’s pushing an even older man in a wheel chair, I called to her to hurry up to catch up and she, again in her rather loud voice for her size and age starts yelling, mommy is he going to die? Is he going to die? the ladies were all smiles just a few minutes before looked rather taken aback, I ran over grabbed her hand and hustled her in to the bank as she kept wailing “Is he going to die…?”

Kathy

March 26th, 2009
11:59 am

Jessie’s Girl…. I am rolling on the floor laughing at the weenis comment!! Too funny!

Fortunately Little E has not emabarassed us in public….YET. Here is a funny story though…..my husband and I picked her up one day in January after spending the whole day with my parents. It was late and on the way home she saw a house with Christmas lights still on it. From the back seat she yells, “Take those Christmas lights down you morons!” My hubby and I just looked at each other in disbelief and then cracked up. Needless to say I had to have a conversation with my dad about watching what he says around her. He tends to like to call people morons when he drives, so I’m sure she heard him say it when they were out together.

Squeezie

March 26th, 2009
12:06 pm

I used to babysit for a family with two young boys and I will never forget one day when we were checking out at Kroger. We were in line behind a rather large woman and I noticed one of the boys staring at her with big, wide eyes. She turned around, noticed him staring, and said something along the lines of, “aren’t you cute!”, to which he belted out, “Lady, you have some bigggggg muscles!” I wanted to die and it wasn’t even my kid!

JJ

March 26th, 2009
12:08 pm

Kathy – my daughter used to say to the other drivers “You idiots get out of my mommie’s way” and she would wave her little hand…..

I notice alot of the embarrassing stories are all when the kids are 3 years old…..

Bubba Grump

March 26th, 2009
12:11 pm

When my daughter was young we all were sitting in church when my wife told me that she had to go to the rest room and took our daughter with her. I was sitting in the pew listening to the service when suddenly my daughter appeared at the end and announced rather loudly….”Dad, we have to go, Mom has the SQUIRTS”!! The entire congregations broke up and I had to ease out with my blood red face while we all giggled. I will never forget that one!

Tenisha

March 26th, 2009
12:12 pm

My son had to be about 3. Well, we were in the food court at the mall and he pulled his pants down and mooned the table next ot us. EVERYONE around us saw it. Why he did that? I’ll never know. We were soooo embarrassed!! We made him quickly pull his pants up and told him never to do that again. But it was so funny that we couldn’t help but laugh. My son is 11 now and he still loves to joke around.

Penguinmom

March 26th, 2009
12:14 pm

MA – That was so funny! I am sure that operator tells that story to this day.

I don’t get embarrassed easily. I tend to get more embarrassed when my kids are not being quiet and obedient than when they do something silly or comment on bodily functions. I definitely embarass my 9-year old daughter way more than they embarass me. Anytime I sing along to a song when we are out, or move a little to a song on the radio… the list goes on. She’s gotten to be a champion eye-roller.

newmom – babies’ brains categorize everything. They start with broad categories and narrow it down. Right now your baby places all males into the ‘Daddy’ box. It might help to narrow that category down faster if you intentionally point to men in picture books/tv and say something ‘look at that nice Man wearing a green shirt’. Just use the word ‘Man’ more frequently and intentionally in an attempt to give her a specific other category besides ‘Daddy’.

new mom

March 26th, 2009
12:28 pm

Penguinmom, that’s a good point about using ‘man’ more. I say it when I point out other men in stores, but I must not be doing it enough.

She also adores my dad, and when she tries to say ‘granddaddy’, it comes out as ga-daddy. Which I think is pretty good for her! In fact, she loves the word ‘daddy’ so much, as we work on learning a new word, she will sometimes smile and just say ‘daddy!’ As if she’s saying, mommy–no one is better than my daddy!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 26th, 2009
12:33 pm

Guys – Related to the new mom/penguin mom discussion, I posted a link yesterday on the right-hand side under the Health heading about how little minds process things. It was in a science journal. The journal also has child psychology and child development sections.

Cammi317

March 26th, 2009
12:44 pm

I am going to give you my top two most embarrassing moments:

#1. When my daughter was about 15 months she had to have an EMG because she was having shoulder and arm spasms. When we went to Eggleston she would not sit still and allow them to place the little stem monitors into her head. She kept crying and trying to jump off of the table. The techs decided to wrap her up like a little papoose. She screamed and cried, and when she could not cry anymore she began to spit. For the rest of the day she was angry, hoarse and wouldn’t smile or communicate. Two days later we were in K-mart and she was sitting in the basket playing with a toy. When we got to the register and the cashier took it out of her hands to ring it up….she gave the cashier the most evil look and spit a massive wad at her. I was beyond embarrassed, and went about explaining the situation. The cashier was nice about it, but I know she was not happy.

#2. When my daughter was 3 or 4 we were walking through Home Depot and there was an elderly woman walking down the same isle as we were. I saw my daughter staring at her. All of the sudden she starting saying “Mommy” over and over again. I knew exactly what she was about to say and kept trying to talk to her about other things. She had recently watched Big Momma’s house with me and my mother and the woman looked exactly like “Big Momma”. When I would not stop talking about other things, she simply yelled over my voice “Mommy, that lady looks just like Big Momma!” I was sooooooooooooooooo humiliated. The lady just looked at her, grinned and then looked at me and said “it’s alright, I do look like Big Momma.”

Mom

March 26th, 2009
1:03 pm

We were having dinner with my parents and a couple they’ve been friends with for over 30 years. My oldest was 3-4 at the time. He calmly asked the male dinner guest if he was a smoker. The guest was a bit taken aback by the question and answered “no” and then made the mistake of asking “why do you ask?”. The immediate reply by my child was that his teeth were so yellow he thought he must be a smoker.

Diane

March 26th, 2009
1:10 pm

When my now 4 year old daughter was about 27 months, we were at a church luncheon. She had been working on potty training and needed to go to the bathroom. When she was done (and before I could stop her!) she ran out of the bathroom yelling, “Nana, I went potty in the potty!” really loud. Most understood her, but a few of the older chruch members asked what she had said. I was so ready to have the floor swallow me up!

shaggy

March 26th, 2009
1:18 pm

Kids are supposed to embarass their parents. It is payback for the parents embarassing the kids.
What I find funny is when a kid gets sick and pukes in public, embarassing the parent, and the parent goes ballistic on the kid, embarassing the kid.
Balance, grasshopper, balance.

Like mother like daughter

March 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

When my daughter was about 1 1/2 or 2 years old we were shopping at Wally world ( Walmart ) as usual in those times and I had always practiced cleanliness with her and made it a habit if her shirt was dirty change it if your hands are dirty wash them if your breath is stinky brush your teeth and so on, well upon getting everything we needed and standing in line waiting to check out my daughter noticed another little girl behind us and she wrinkled her nose and said EWWHH she’s dirty why didn’t she take a bath! My jaw dropped and I paid and left with a flash. In another incident she was potty training around the same time and she was doing well so I often let her go to the potty by herself and did so one day and noticed that every time she walked past me it sounded like wind suit pants so I finally had to assist her to the potty to clean up number 2 and noticed she had perfectly placed one of mommy’s panty liner in her princess panties! TALK ABOUT A JAW Dropper glad we were at home. Lastly while shopping for my wedding gown I was asked to remove my under garment and to put on the one in which I would use for the ceremony so that I could have it altered, well I did so and when the alteration lady finally called me out of the dressing room along came my daughter with my bra on over her shirt thank GOD. I have many interesting moments that is the most recent.

Deneen

March 26th, 2009
1:21 pm

I was 25 with a verbally precocious 2 year old…or so he thought he was. My 17 year old brother thought it was cute to school him on girls who were overweight…a fact I didn’t know of. We were in Baskin Robbins one day when my two year old ogled an overweight woman and tugged on my pants leg and shouted, “Mommy, that’s a hippomopolous.” I tried to ignore him, but he got louder and louder. I just left. I could tell you some other things that my 17 year old brother thought was cute too, but I won’t. UGH!!!

Rene

March 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

Neither one of my two boys embarrased me in public because the rules were established before we left home and they knew what would happen if they didn’t folow the rules; when they were little, that is. However, my youngest son recently turned 17 years old. He went out with friends to a movie and dinner. He knew the curfew was 11pm. At 11:15p I called him on his cell to make sure he was alright and to find out what was delaying him. He told me, with his friends listening, that he was 17 and he didn’t have to call me to let me know every detail of his life. Guess what I did? I promptly turned off his cell phone the next day and kept it off for 30 days. We haven’t had a problem since.

MA

March 26th, 2009
1:26 pm

I was not as embarrassed as my son’s teacher, but, I was in the room when it happened. My son was in 1st. grade. He is handicapped but walks with a limp and all his classmates knew about his condition. He had to have an emergency surgery but not on his leg. He was out of school for one week and when I took him back the kids asked him how his leg was doing. He said, “My leg, I didn’t have surgery on my leg. I had surgery on my private parts”. I thought the teacher and aide were going to have to leave the room. They had told the kids that he had surgery on his leg to try to not make a big deal out of the situation.

When our daughter was 3 her brother pushed into a wall(they were running in the house). She had to have stitches. As the doctor was getting her ready for the procedure he told my husband and I one of us would have to wait in the hallway. I chose to wait. My husband was told to hold her legs and so he did. All of a sudden I hear her scream, “Ow, ow, your hurting me!” The doctor said he had not even started and she said, “No, Daddy’s hurting my legs!” Not embarrassing but cute. But, the E.R. receptionist did have to come get us because our son was telling people in the waiting room that he had killed his sister. He was six and we had told him to wait in there while we were in the triage room. We quickly brought him into the room to show him that he had not killed her.

JYA

March 26th, 2009
1:33 pm

When my son was about 3 years old, we had a party at his cousin’s house and we rented a helium tank to blow up the balloons. This man, who was really obese came to the party and my son said real loud “mom, that man looks like the balloons. Did he drink the helium from the tank too”. I was embarrassed and apologized, but the guy was a good sport and laughed saying he understands my son didn’t mean any harm.

Stacey

March 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

Rene…Most of our embarassing stories aren’t about kids misbehaving or breaking the rules. The old show title had it right…”Kids say the darnedest things.”

Barbara Cofer

March 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

Kids say the darndest things! I was on a public bus with my then 3 year old daughter. She had been learning new words. She saw a fire truck whiz by and became very excited. She yelled “Look Mommy a fire f–k. look a fire f–k.! You can fill in the blanks. The lady sitting behind us gasped in horror. I was totally embarrassed and tried to explain that she simply mispronounced the word The lady was having no part of this and glared at me as if I had taught her this obscene word!

Gwinnett Mom

March 26th, 2009
2:03 pm

Several years ago my husband and I took our 3-yr-old daughter on vacation. As we stepped into the hotel’s high rise elevator, I saw my daughter’s eyes zero-in on one of the two men already inside. (The blonde man was very odd looking; his face was rectangular, bright red, and filled with pock-marks.) When the elevator started to rise, she proceded to walk up to him and stare. Before I could act, she frowned-up her face and loudly proclaimed, “I DON’T LIKE YOUR FACE!” My husband and I were humiliated and wanted to disappear, but we were stuck–the elevator had only reached the 4th floor, and we were all headed to the 22nd! Nowhere to run. Of course I apologized for her outburst, and thankfully the man’s friend helped us out with a great comeback. He said, “Hey, I understand. I don’t like his face either!”

mscutie1978

March 26th, 2009
2:15 pm

Last weekend my 4 year old daughter and I went to IHOP. When our server came over and to get our order my daughter asks the woman, “How many teeth do you have on top because I see some are missing?” How embarrassing…I just called her name and told her to stop, I apologized to the woman and then my daughter responded, “but mommy she doesn’t have all of her teeth!” Luckily, the server left our table before my daughter said it. What do you to say to a 4 year old? Other than it’s rude to talk about people (even if what she said is true).

TeeinCSG

March 26th, 2009
2:27 pm

Around the house we call breasts “ta-ta’s”. And I playfully refer to my bra as my “ta-ta holder” or “holster” (for my guns).
Well, my kids (2 and 4) don’t understand that the comedy in our home should stay at home.
While in JC Penney (and this happens everytime we visit any store in the lingerie department) my kids will loudly proclaim — “TA TA HOLDERS! Look Mommy! TA-TA HOLDERS!”.

Kids are funny, innocent and real. I think we own the embarassment, they’re just being them! LOL

Robin

March 26th, 2009
2:29 pm

My 4 year old daughter had gotten interested and quizical about pregnancy and where babies come from. I had explained it to her on her level. A few days later we were in the grocery store, and she proceeded to walk up to a complete stranger and inform him that she came out of my tummy. oh boy!

Robin

March 26th, 2009
2:32 pm

TeeinCSG

You just reminded me of another embarrassing moment. I breast fed my daughter for her fist 10 months. We were in a restaurant, and she was sitting in a high chair. She must have been about 9-10 months old. The waitress was standing next to the table waiting to take our order. Evidently our little girl must have been hungry, because she proceeded to GRAB the waitress’ breasts and try to pull her shirt up. whoops!

Dre

March 26th, 2009
2:54 pm

My then three-year-old son used to replace words beginning with “tr” with an “f”, so “train” became “fain”. One day, we were in the toy section at Wal-Mart when he went screaming down the aisle yelling that he’d seen a “truck”…at the top of his lungs…four times. Thankfully, those around us were amused.

In church on Christmas Eve....

March 26th, 2009
2:55 pm

When the three-year-old emitted the most foul-smelling, tear-producing, **GAS** ever to be witnessed by man. Not sure what was worse, the smell or the embarrassment. Our red faces told everybody who-dunnit……

Or during a baptism service when the baby was asleep, and the young-un says out loud “is he dead?”

Or when my sister was teaching her daughter all the body parts…. my sister had dropped a quarter on the floor at Kroger; her daughter says, loud and clear ” There it is mommy, right under your ****” (word ryhmes with carolina)

Jesse's Girl

March 26th, 2009
3:47 pm

Almost forgot….the oldest doesn’t embarrass us often….but this one was too rich to not share. And it wasn’t embarrassing per se’…more entertaining than anything. I was at Piedmont having The Boy. He popped out and everyone was admiring him through the window. At that moment, he was the only baby in the nursery, so the view was unobstructed. Jesse picked up our oldest, who had just turned 6 the day before,so she could get a better look. The camera is rolling to catch the girls’ reactions to their new brother. Everyone is oohhing and awwing and she pipes up as she notices something amiss during his 1st diaper change. “Daddy….whats that thing where his vaginas sposed’ to be?” Its on video…its priceless…it may be showed at both their weddings:)