Sadie spotted the ice cream truck just before the bus was to arrive to pick us up so I asked her if she could wait til we got home and then we’d go out for ice cream. She agreed just as she spotted the bus turning in to pick us up. Our ride home was fun, the whole day had been lovely.
Once home and showered, sadly there’s less of a beach left for other people because a couple of buckets of sand washed itself down through our bathtub drain, we left to get ice cream. I held the table on an outdoor patio a couple blocks from our home. It’s my favourite patio for having tea and people watching and I smiled as I watched them cross over to me, hands full of cones and sundaes. Joe then headed in to get us each a tea and the seconds later was back.
Everyone was in a brilliant mood, Ruby and Sadie were at their best, sharp, funny and inventive in their story telling of the day.
Well, to us at least.
An elderly woman had come out and sat at a table furthest from us. She was clearly in a cranky mood and looked over at us and the kids with annoyance.
At one point, after several really nasty looks, she’d have won the contest, hands down, I’d had enough of her sighs and her cursing under her breath.
Kids should be laughing all the time. Childhood should be full of laughter. I was laughing.
The interesting thing was, as soon as I said what I said, her face changed. She stopped.
I caught her a couple of times smiling when the girls said something funny.
She said, ‘Bye,’ when we left.
I’ve never had that kind of encounter before. I expected her to become more hostile or to turn her chair completely away.
Yet I know I’ve been called on my behaviour and immediately changed.
So, maybe not so odd.