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Kids say the greatest things. June 16, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. Yesterday, I was searching for the pink grapefruit juice at our local grocery when I heard a bit of a commotion rounding the corner behind me. A woman with a baby in her shopping cart rounded the bend, bumping into a display case in her attempt both to avoid me and to keep an eye on her five- or six-year-old son, coming along behind her and pushing a grocery cart of his own.

“Mommy,” the little boy announced, “I don’t think you know how to drive.”

“I don’t know how to drive?!” The woman turned to her son, doubtless wondering what sort of non sequitur would be coming out of his mouth next.

“If you knew how to drive, you wouldn’t keep bumping into things,” her son explained, indicating her cart. Obviously, he wasn’t bumping into anything. I’m surprised he didn’t demand her car keys on the spot.

I practically had to stuff my head into the dairy case to keep from howling with laughter. Fortunately, I’d finally spotted the grapefruit juice, and it was pretty far back in the case.

I have to hand it to the kid’s mom, though. She may not have known how to “drive,” but she sure knew how to raise kids. Giving her son responsibility for his own cart—she’d even put a few lightweight groceries in it—kept him happy and occupied, and right behind her the whole time. (He had to keep an eye on her driving, after all.) And, since his hands and eyes were occupied, there was no “I want this!” piece of ghastly junk or grabbing that sickly-sweet cereal.

From their cheerful conversation as they made their way up the aisle, I could see that it was another fun shopping trip for all concerned. As for me, I can’t wait to try the line out on our friend Ben next time he insists on pushing a huge, unwieldy grocery cart when all we need are six items.

               ‘Til next time,

                         Silence

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