Please Don’t Pet Me While I’m Eating

January 28th, 2012

I have discovered that I have a new pet peeve.  I don’t like to be touched while I’m eating.

Okay, I know that many of you are thinking — “Huh, that’s a weird thing to be irritated by.”  But then again, you have may never have had the experience of trying to eat your dinner while a three-year-old pets your arm.

Miss Mouse and I sit next to each other for meals on one of the long sides of our table.  Buggie sits at the head in a booster (to my right), and Josh is around the corner to his right, across from me.  Miss Mouse has a very difficult time sitting still at the table under the best of circumstances.  She fidgets, she stands up, she gets up to pick a new spoon from the kitchen, she puts her feet on my chair, and…she touches me.

She’ll rub her nose against my elbow.  Poke me in the leg with a finger.  And just run her hands along my arms.

It drives me absolutely insane.  I have a visceral reaction to it that makes my skin crawl and my flesh twitch.  Go figure.

But it’s become a bit of a problem at dinner because She Won’t Stop Doing It.  I routinely have to banish her to the end of the table now, out of range, and I’m seriously contemplating changing up the seating chart!

2 responses to “Please Don’t Pet Me While I’m Eating”

  1. Isa says:

    Huh. I wonder if I used to do this, too. Our seating chart always had my dad at the head of the table, me and my sister next to each other on the side, and my mom at the foot. I wonder if I got positioned there to avoid me petting mum. I'll have to ask…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lacey does this to Mike and I. Thankfully, she is now sitting by Mike, and when her dinner time "snuggles" get unbearable, he just puts space between them. Nothing else works!

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