I can totally withstand the occasional backhanded compliment, but when it involves my kids, I get a little Xena: warrior mother.
Eric was telling me that the other day at his faculty lunch, a co-teacher was commented on how her children are finally able to sit through an entire 1 hour + mass without issue. I am sure Eric inserted some witty quip about how our children are able to sit through the 10 minute commute home--totally tethered to their carseats and pumped full of crackers so they aren't inclined to fuss.
And then the dig, disguised as a compliment: another co-worker commented, "But Eric, your kids are so...CUTE!"
Clearly that teacher did not know about the one (and only) time a gentleman and his elderly father came over to us at IHOP to let us know how well behaved our boys were.
Okay nonresponsive readers--what are some of the best backhanded compliments you have received?