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a kid again...

the other day when i was walking home from work, i saw an older lady (60ish seeming) walking with about 5 kids ahead of me, ages ranging from about 4 to 9. i watched as they stopped by the side of the road periodically to look at flowers or to check out pretty leaves, or what have you. because of the meandering, and because of the leg span of a 4 year old not being what mine is, i eventually caught up with them.

because they were walking up the part of andresen where there is no sidewalk, they were all holding hands, spanning the entire bike lane that everyone walks up. i couldn't get around. i figured that i would duck around them at the stop light, and since i was in no GIGANTIC hurry to get home, i stayed a step or two behind them.

i hear the woman say: 'ooh, tommy (or whatever his name was), there's a GIRL behind us!' the boy turns around and grins at me and walks faster. the woman continues: "i think she LIKES you! she might want to KISS you! you might have to take her on a DATE!" i giggle.

now. i'm sure that all of us have had times in our lives where we spit out a comeback line, and immediatly, inside your head, you look at yourself and go "WHAT?!?!? that's the best you can freaking come up with? why in the world did you SAAAY that?!?!?"

in response to the date statement, i say "but it will cost you a lot of MOONEEEEY!" the lady looked at me funny, the boy didn't laugh. i suddenly felt as if i had tried prostituting myself to a 7 year old. "i'll datecha, kid, but it'll costya! *takes a drag off of a limp cigarette*"

i shut up.

because they still were not letting me by, i still contented myself with walking behind them. they all had backpacks (i assumed she had picked them up after school or something...), i had a backpack. they were all wearing cutesy kids clothes, i had my new bear hat that faetal made me in my backpack and my fluffy matching looking jacket in a bag. i grinned idiotically at the silly way she was talking to the kids.

i suddenly felt like IIIII was a kid. it was an amazing freaking feeling. granted, i was an OGRE of kids, being 5'7" instead of under 4', but STILL.

*wistful sigh*


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Sep. 25th, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC)
for just a breif moment you were a kid again ....

I can relate to your story ....
Sep. 26th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
it's rare that us adults get a chance to feel that :)
Sep. 25th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
I saw the SECRET OF NIMH at WalMart on DvD
Sep. 26th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
awwwwwwww, i remember when i was a kid, my dad bought me this great graphic novel of it. i so wish i had that to this day, as well as all the disney books, all my story books that came with records to read the story along with me, all my original star wars figurines, etc.

but no. i couldn't take care of my junk when i was a kid.
Sep. 25th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
I miss being a kid sometimes.

And I say the STUPIDIST things sometimes...I remember once talking to my parent's neighbor and offering my babysitting services, and said something dumb like "I guess I do a good job, it's not like I've killed any kids or anything." Ahem. Bit of silence after that...I felt really bad, and guilty. And he of course never asked me to babysit. :P
Sep. 26th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
LMFAO that so sounds like something i would say!

i can think of so many other times that i've put my foot WAY in my mouth when i thought i was being cute and coy... until the words spilled out of my mouth in a pathetic, scary frightening heap.
Sep. 25th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
glad you liked ;)
Sep. 26th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
congratulations, Mrs Robinson. *offers you a pack of marlboro lights*
Sep. 27th, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
hee hee that's so how i felt!
Sep. 27th, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC)
grow...up? nevah!! d=

i always have random encounters like that with kids. usually involves talking about our favorite cartoons.

also the bear hat is done?? you should post up some pictures when you get a chance!

beer hat? er..hee
Sep. 27th, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
i used to talk about cartoons with kids all the time, especially when i was going through a phase where i was obsessively watching either the power rangers or digimon (don't ask.)

the only time i tried striking up a convo with a little girl recently about cartoons, a mom and about 7 or 8 year old daughter were in my line. the little girl was wearing a pokemon shirt, so i said 'pikachu, eh?'

the mom barked at me "WE do NOT watch that SHOW. we just have the shirt."

um. sorry, wench, how the hell was III supposed to know?!?
Sep. 27th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
yay, i use to watch the occasional digimon (and err...pokemon..)

i don't think i've really struck up conversation with most kids about cartoons. usually it's the kids. like i have this random (random as in i have no idea what the shirt is for) shirt with a random (same sort of random) anime charecter with a weird anime cat on it that i've had kids comment on all the time. same with where the wild things shirt that has king max on it.

that tis sad, i have parents react like that sometimes but usually if it's an angry response it's parents thinking i'm some sort of creep into kids )=

i'm not that, i'm a weirdo into cartoons bahstahds!
Sep. 27th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
and i'm just a bored cashier trying to strike up an interesting conversation.

at least i don't tell my life stories like i used to LOL! i was bad. i finally had a customer interupt me and say 'you know what? i really don't care. what's my total?'
Sep. 27th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
oh oh OH i so forgot about the cashier part.

i was unforgiveable. i once started reciting beawulf to keep someones attention.

ok not really, i'd have to have actually read that to be able to recite it.
Sep. 29th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
hee hee.

i remember that i would have 'stories of the day' that i would recite over and over to customers. i never planned it, it just sort of.. happened.

now, i just grin from ear to ear maniacally and be jovial with them, and get them the hell out of my line.
Sep. 29th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)

i hear that. at first i was friendly and tried talking to everybody.

after four months i pretended to be friendly and would hide behind the counter to avoid people if i could d=
May. 7th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
as i was laying in bed and thinking today (after waking up, i usually do this for the first hour or two. no kidding.), i thought about how much of a rush it is when i help people and their faces light up when they realize that good customer service isn't dead.

but for some reason, it still doesn't keep me from flying around the store, spreading my happy service glitter everywhere.

and i realized that the reason why i fear having to help people is because of the few people who i have to tell 'no', or 'go somewhere else', or 'used to, but stopped carrying that', or those that no matter what the hell i do, are still grumpkins anyway.
May. 7th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Argh. "It's my right as a customer to be a cock." I hate that when people thing it's a right to be rude to cashiers and other service industry people.
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
I just try to content myself with the fact that they've probably consumed gallons of spit or other human liquid if they treat restaurant workers with the same jerkiness that they treat us.
Feb. 19th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
no kidding though! never mess with the person(s) who handle your food.
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
no freaking doubt. i've had so many friends that worked in kitchens and as waiters and i'll tell you - although they would never do such a thing, they worked with many-a-people who did. they also taught me that the best way to get really good drinks is to tip REALLY large on the first drink, and then the bartender or waiter will take exceptional care of you the rest of the evening.
Nov. 9th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
I never even thought of the tip thing for good drinks but i've always tipped almost excesively no matter if bar or restraunt. I never did anything to anyones food when i did foodservice work but it was sure tempting to at times.
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