In an absolutely terrifying incident this weekend that had to feel like something out of a nightmare, a woman in Kansas walked into a bathroom and saw a huge, real-life tiger staring at her. Seriously, this isn't the start of a joke.
It was a real tiger, who's estimated to weigh more than 250 pounds, with no cage, no collar, just staring down local resident Jenna Krehbiel. According to the Salina Journal, it happened Saturday night at the Shrine Circus after the beast somehow escaped.
Krehbiel told the paper:
I went in to use the bathroom, and a lady came in to get her daughter out and said there was a tiger loose. I didn't know it was in the bathroom, and I walked in the [open] door, which closed right after I had walked in. I saw the tiger; it was at most two feet in front of me, and I turned around calmly and walked back toward the door. Someone opened the door and said get out.
Can you even imagine? She said she attributes her calm reaction to her training as a social worker, and fortunately, she was fine. But wow, what a close call and a tale to tell. One person who wasn't so impressed by her narrow escape from death, however, was her own 3-year-old daughter. Krehbiel told the Associated Press:
My daughter wanted to know if it had washed its hands. That was her only concern.
Awwww, adorable, right? And all of a sudden we've forgotten about this woman's harrowing experience and are laughing because of this cute comment. Isn't that just like a toddler? They're forever stealing our thunder and taking us down a notch.
Like when I slave over the best-ever homemade macaroni and cheese only to be told that the stuff in the box tastes WAY better, or when I finished a half marathon and proudly gave my 4-year-old daughter the medal only to be told she doesn't like it because it doesn't have any jewels or pink on it.
Even God isn't exempt from their thunder-stealing ways. Coming home from her little Christian preschool the other day, my daughter told/asked me, "God can do ANYTHING, right?" I assured her that yes, that's true. She considered it for a minute, then shot back, "Yeah, but I bet he can't do a cartwheel." Sigh.
In any case, I'm glad this woman escaped with nothing more than perhaps a bit of a bruised ego, which is just one of the many hazards of parenting.
In what ways have your children stolen your thunder?
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