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Monday, January 7, 2008

All I want for Christmas is my two gold teeth!

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!


jennwa said...

Let me know how that chat went, because it never works for me.

Also, there is just something about Wal-mart that bring the worst out of children.

Mari said...

That is so funny. You never know what a kid is going to say. It sounds like you handles that one well and thank goodness the woman had a good sense of humor!

Maude Lynn said...

I've had that same little conversation numerous times, but it still hasn't sunk in yet. Mine likes to make loud observations about people's size. Mortifying!

Kellan said...

What an adorable story! They do - just say anything that pops into their little heads! So cute. See ya. Kellan

Annikke said...

Oh my! That made me laugh so hard! Thank you for sharing that! Kids are so blunt and honest aren't they?!

LindaSue said...

Sounds like you made the best of an awkward situation.Emphasis will increase the numbers of outbursts but everyone has to learn to be kind. Funniest part to me is that the rasta and the gold teeth lady - are probably wonderful folks with good senses of humor. If one chooses to wear flamboyant looks - they usually aren't introverted quiet people. (excepting the sad souls who have no choices - just put on whatever is in the bag). I have NO children but I have similar experiences with elderly folks who are experiencing varying levels of dementia and particularly love making observations about people and loud pronouncements about bathroom related activities. So much of life is CYA and BYH. Bless you!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my is always nice when the person your child targets has a good sense of humor. :)

Melissa in Mel's World said...

I'm glad you were able to get your mandarin oranges and get out of dodge for a bit.

Yikes! I have had that happen to me SO many times. Now, I can look back and laugh, but back then I was completely mortified!!!!

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BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Once when my daughter was 3 she pointed out that our cash register at the grocery store (who had VERY intricately and "interesting" braided hair) had "crazy hair."