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I was at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago. I finished my shopping, counted my items, and hopped in the express lane. A moment later, a woman and her son wheeled in behind me. She counted her items and discovered too many, so she moved one lane over to the non-express lane.

I smiled at her and cracked some forgettable joke about how you never quite know if you're following the rules. She laughed and we chatted a bit back and forth.

Her son, who is somewhere around five years old, is clearly growing uncomfortable and begins to tap her very urgently from his seat in the front of the cart. She leans over and he whispers in her ear frantically. She smiles, straightens up and says "Oh! Don't worry. I know her. I'm not talking to strangers. Her name is..."


"MacKenzie! She isn't a stranger."

The child seemed more or less satisfied with this response and turned to smile at me.

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Date: 2009-01-22 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Five-year-olds are easily fooled - it would be hard to convince someone much older that you were really a normaler.

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Date: 2009-01-22 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, that's *adorable*. It can be tough, explaining how life works to people who are still new at it. :-)

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Date: 2009-01-22 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My grandmother used to love telling the story of how three-year-old me freaked out when she went to open the knife drawer because "that drawer's dangerous!"

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Date: 2009-01-22 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not talking to strangers was by far the worst advice anyone has ever given me.

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Date: 2009-01-22 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's two of us...


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