Going to Wal-Mart with a three year old is always an adventure. Wal-Mart is full of different types of people for my daughter to look at and comment on.
This morning we encountered someone that had really long dreadlocks and had them in one of those hat things that dreadlock wearing people wear, Rasta hats. His dreads were so long and thick that this hat was at least a foot long width wise across the back of his head. Sarah took one look at him and said, "His hat looks silly!" Luckily he wasn't in earshot so I sighed and we kept moving.
We almost made it through all of the aisles without any embarrassing-to-Mommy moments until we hit the canned fruit section. As I paused to ponder which canned fruit I needed for a fruit salad I was making, I noticed a very tall thin woman. She flashed a very large smile at me and I noticed that she had two gold teeth. These teeth were shiny and cast a beautiful glow on the canned fruit every time she smiled.
And then it happened, because what three year old is going to be able to resist that?
Sarah let out a tiny gasp and said, "Mommy! She has gold teef!" So I did the only thing I could do and smiled a weak apologetic smile at the lady and said, "Oh, well look at that. She sure does."
Then Sarah said exactly what any respectable tiara wearing, bejeweled princess is going say, "I want one!" I laughed a nervous little laugh wondering where the heck those mandarin oranges were and hoping that the gold tooth lady was finding this amusing instead of annoying and said, "Oh, you do?"
And then Sarah said, "Maybe Santa will bring me one for Christmas!"
"Maybe he will if you are good this year," I muttered.
The woman chuckled. I was thankful she had a sense of humor and I was thankful that I had found those mandarin oranges and we could get the heck out of there.
Sarah and I had a chat on the way home about not loudly pointing things out about people when we are in a store because it might hurt their feelings. She asked me if it would be o.k. if she whispered them into my ear.
So next time you are in Wal-Mart and you see two people whispering and pointing and snickering, it's probably us!