As you know, Mrs. Hillbilly Mom is not a fan of other people's kids. You know the ones. Those kids in a store who find it necessary to stare at Mrs. HM like she is some kind of circus freak. It's not like I have big flappy shoes and an orange afro and drive a tiny car with 101 of my bulbous-nosed friends riding shotgun. Give it a rest, kids. I have spent a 28-year career being polite out of necessity, and I don't have anybody to answer to now.
So...Sunday I was at the
front counter of Save A Lot, putting my groceries in bags. No need for a
box, which I usually prefer, because I only had a couple of items. Just
two tubs of sour cream, two jars of salsa, and a bag of shredded
lettuce. I was taking my purchases from the cart and placing them in two
separate bags. The sour cream and lettuce in a bag to go in my
soft-sided Cardinals cooler in the rear of T-Hoe, and the salsa in a bag
A little dark-haired boy, maybe six years
old, walked up and stood on the other side of my cart. I assume it was
his mom at the next bagging station. I was silently fuming. I'd seen
them as I was wheeling around the store. The kid wasn't loud or
anything. Not grabby. But now he was standing there, staring at me.
Sweet Gummi Mary, lady! Teach that boy some manners! It's not polite to
I did not follow the advice of blog buddy Linda, and get down on his level, and look him right in the eye. It's not like he was doing anything wrong. Just standing. Watching.
As I looped the two bags over my forearm, and readied T-Hoe's clicker in my hand, the little boy spoke.
"I can take your cart and put it up."
Well. Ain't THAT a kick in the head? He was just being polite to an old lady.
"Okay. Thank you. Thank you very much."
wanted to tell him he was a good boy, but that would have sounded like
maybe he was an animal, or a pet in training. So I stopped myself. I
glanced at his mom as I walked by. She wasn't looking at me. But I could
see a little smile around the corners of her mouth. I'm pretty sure she
was proud of him.
I'm pretty sure she should have been.