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Note to self - Teach children the art of people watching by stealth

Posted Apr 28 2009 1:41pm
On Tuesday we went to the park after school to try and dissolve any'post Easter/after school' arguments and whining. The idea being the kids would have a pinic tea in the sunshine and run wild on the adventure playground.

We are sat at the traffic lights, 4 year old in the front, 3 year old in the back.

4 year old -"Mummy, look at that TINY Grandma, look, look."

3 year old -"Where, where?"

I can see in my mirror that the 3 year old is actually considering taking off his seatbelt for a better look. I give him 'the glare' and he reconsiders and cranes his neck to see.

In order for me to look I have to lean really far forward to look at the woman in the passenger seat of the car next to us.

It's true, the woman in the passenger seat of the car next to us is in fact the TINIEST Grandma I have ever seen.

I look at the lady driver, our eyes meet. I look away quickly, embarrassed that I have been caught out staring at her TINY Grandma. I look in the opposite direction willing the lights to change.

Me -"Really, you mustn't stare"

3 year old -"I don't like that TINY Grandma"

Me -"Sit back and stop staring both of you!"

4 year old -"But she is soooo TINY, look, look"

Me -"Stop staring!"

I imagine the conversation in the other car ...

Woman in other car -"What is wrong with that child? She's bouncing about, shouting and staring at us. I bet the mother has been giving them too muchsugar."

TINY Grandma -"Why is the one in the back with the big hair scowling at me?"

Woman in other car -"... and look, their mother is just ignoring them. Poor children"

TINY Grandma -"What chance have they got?"

Note to self - Teach children the art of people watching by stealth
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