I was having a lovely browse through the cookbooks in Tesco yesterday trying to decide whether to buy the Baking Made Easy cookbook or the Jamie Oliver 30 Minute Meals one, when I was rudely interupted by Miss Frugal asking if she could have something she’d found. Being the crap good mother that I am, I didn’t even look at what it was (I was busy after all), I just told her to go and ask her dad and got back to my cookbook selection process.
Seconds later, I was rudely interrupted again by Mr Frugal demanding to know why I’d told her she could have a packet of condoms as long as he said it was OK! At this point I thought I shouldprobably have a look at what she was clutching and yes, it was a packet of condoms. Not just any condoms though, it was a packet of JLS condoms with her favourite band member Aston on the front!
Next came the dreaded question – ‘What’s Durex Mam?’
The teenagers stood next to us thought it was hilarious – me, not so much. I find it ridiculous that a band so popular with young children should release their own brand condoms and even more shocking that they should be sold at children’s eye level in a supermarket!
As it happens, I managed to sidestep the issue with the magic of pick and mix but I’m still really annoyed that I was put in that position and I’m pretty sure that now she knows where they are, we’ll have the same thing next time we go in and I hate having to answer her questions with – ‘You’re too young to know’ but children are children and should be allowed to remain so for as long as possible – they’ll be faced with the grown up world soon enough.
I’ve just read a post by Sally describing a similar experience she’s had today during a visit to the pictures and I completely understand where she’s coming from.
Oh yeah, due to rushing her away from the condoms, I never even got my new cook book ;-(