I really think that most of us would agree that it’s completely normal for our children to ‘let us down’, just like we did to our own parents when we were kids. Bad behavior is part of growing up, but some news is much harder than other news to accept. As we all learn and should know from our own childhood experiences, children aren’t always as open and honest with their parents as we would like for them to be. Even though many of us have told our kids, “you can tell me everything,” the fact of the matter is that our precious angels will keep secrets from us at some point, as one mother found out.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened here – the ‘naive mom’ reportedly discovered that her daughter was about to make her a grandma. When the girl’s mother was in total denial, questioning the doctor’s assessment, he set her straight with a brilliant response that could not have been more perfect. The woman, Mrs. Jones, took her 16-year-old daughter to the doctor when the girl began to have unusual and troublesome symptoms that were interfering with her daily activity. When the doctor asked, “What’s the problem?” Mrs. Jones was quick to explain, “It’s my daughter Mandy. She keeps getting these cravings, she’s putting on weight, and she’s sick most mornings. The doctor gave Mandy a thorough examination, including one important test, which rendered the results he had anticipated all along. So, he turned to Mrs. Jones and said, “Well, I don’t know how to tell you this, but your Mandy is pregnant.” To Mrs. Jones shock, he added, “About four months would be my guess.”
Immediately, Mrs. Jones’ head started to spin. How could this be? She was so careful with Mandy. The doctor had to be wrong, so Mrs. Jones wasted no time letting him know he made a big mistake. “Pregnant?! She can’t be, she has never ever been left alone with a man! Have you, Mandy?” Mrs. Jones barked at the doctor and her daughter. Of course, Mandy quickly agreed with her mother’s assessment. “No mother! I’ve never even kissed a man!” the sweet, innocent girl declared. At this point, the doctor had to be pretty fed-up with the theatrics as he’s holding a positive pregnancy result in his hands and all the symptoms point to the test being absolutely correct. That’s when he came up with the perfect response that would shut little Mandy up and have her mom screaming at the girl, where her frustrations belonged, rather than at the good doctor.
So, putting his hands in his lab jacket, the doctor quietly walked over to the window of the exam room and stared outside without saying a word. He just stood quietly, watching what was happening outside the window and waited. After about five minutes, Mrs. Jones couldn’t take it anymore. “Is there something wrong out there doctor!?” she demanded, and it was just what he’d been waiting for. As a smile crept across his face, he turned towards the woman and her pregnant daughter. Without hesitation, he replied, “No, not really,” allowing a brief pause before looking little Mandy dead in the eye and adding, “It’s just that the last time anything like this happened, a star appeared in the East and three wise men came over the hill. I’ll be darned if I’m going to miss it this time!” It was at that point Mandy knew she had to fess up, and Mrs. Jones was forced to face the music as well. Her daughter was no Virgin Mary, and it was time to focus her frustrations where they belonged. It wasn’t the doctor or the test results that were lying. It was Mandy, and the proof would be arriving in a few short months.