You know how little kids say things that most adults would literally never say? Things that are not socially acceptable, or are technically rude to say aloud? Obviously, in most cases children are just expressing (quite honestly) what they see or feel. They don't mean to be rude or to make things weird. In most cases the forward things children say make for some pretty funny stories, and I believe that most people don't take offense to what is said by a child because they know it was an innocent remark made by a innocent mouth. I like to think that most people are understanding at the end of the day. Which is probably a good thing considering what came out of my child's mouth at the grocery store...
Before I tell the story, let's establish a little background.
Harper LOVES Halloween, and when I say loves I really mean that. She is borderline obsessed. I don't feel like we have hyped up Halloween any more than any other holiday so my guess is that her love of Halloween come's from being born in October. I think anyone born near, or in the month of, a holiday tends to favor that holiday more than the rest. I was born a week before Christmas and when I was little Christmas always felt extra special to me, like I had some weird claim of fame to it or something. Has anyone else experienced this?! Anyway... it's just a theory, but nonetheless she is crazy about Halloween.
Wherever we go, Harper points out all things Halloween. If there is a pumpkin (anywhere) she exclaims, "Mom! Look! Halloween!" If there is a spider, "Mom! Spider! It's Halloween!" If she sees any type of monster, witch, the color black, the color orange, a web, seriously ANYTHING, the reaction is squeals of delight and shouts of joy about it being Halloween. Also it's important to point out that if I don't acknowledge what she is pointing at she will continue to point and say, "it's Halloween Mom! Look!! LOOK!!!" until I look. Considering its October and there are Halloween decorations EVERYwhere I have been acknowledging all things Halloween a LOT lately. Which leads me to my story...
We were in the grocery store and I was just minding my own business picking out some colored peppers for dinner when I hear the all too familiar shout from Harper's mouth, "Mom! Look! It's a Halloween monster!" Me being very used to this happening said (without looking up), "Cool Harper! That's a very scary one!" I don't know why I thought that would work since it hasn't in the history of ever. Of course it didn't work, she wasn't satisfied with me responding without looking and continued to yell, "Look! You not look! I see a scary Halloween monster!" Because I knew she would continue to shout until I physically looked, I looked up ready to say, "Oh wow! That is a scary monster!" But, as I look up I see what she is pointing at.
Wait for it.
An older gentlemen was standing next to us grabbing some peppers too, and in Harper's defense he really was extremely startling to look at. But that's not the point. The point is that I quickly realized that she was pointing at HIM calling HIM a "scary Halloween guy" and as I followed the direction of Harper's fingers I found myself making direct eye contact with him.
I was mortified.
I knew he heard what she called him, let's be honest the entire produce section heard.
I mustered a awkward smile and a "hello" his way hoping to lighten the situation.
He just kept looking at me!
It was awkward.
So me, being the awkward/conflict avoiding person I am, quickly looked over his shoulder and saw WAAAAAAAAAYYY in the back of the store but still in the direction she was pointing (...kind of) there was a display with a blow up Frankenstein on it. So I go, "Ooooohh, are you talking about that Frankenstein over there by the back of the store (emphasizing the 'over there near the back of the store' part of my sentence).
"No mama! That monster, right there!! *firm point* Seeeeee!!"
Again, pointing RIGHT at the man.
Internally I wanted to crawl into a hole (okay, it wasn't that bad), but externally I said, "Oh wow! I see him, he's on the candy bag back there!" (k... I don't even know if there was one but I went with it anyway) "Let go see it!" I exclaimed before she could respond and proceeded to pushed my cart rapidly away from the situation and away from Mr. Scary man, cuz let's be honest, he was starting to freak me out a little too with that glare of steel.
I honestly have no clue if my deflection of Harper's comment was even slightly convincing but looking back at my poor execution it most likely looked exactly like what it was, a big ol deflection.
It was bad.
Sorry Mr. Scary man, we didn't mean to make it weird.
So there ya go! There's my "from the mouth of babes" story.
If you couldn't tell by the way I handled it, I don't have much experience with these types of situations but hopefully someone out there can get a laugh from me posting this.
Comment if you have ever had a child say something awkward in public, I want to hear your stories!