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Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)
TITLE: One of those moments...
By Debbie Lake
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Victoria, our 6 year old daughter, has never been anything resembling shy, so after being the first one out of the van, it wasn’t shocking to us that as we were unloading the rest of the children, she began sashaying towards a family that was exiting the Steak and Ale. She was fresh from church, all dressed up in her Sunday best, lavender sundress complete with crinolines and a bow in her curly hair… she gravitated towards the matriarch of the family, clearly quite elderly and leaning on a walker for a rest every few steps. The woman looked up and smiled sweetly at my daughter and complimented her on her dress. Victoria twirled for good measure and practically curtsied to the woman behind the walker. The rest of the woman’s family began to chime in and asked her what her name was and gushed over her. Victoria answered succinctly but kept her gaze on the woman in the walker. “What a sweet child,” I thought to myself. She is our family’s token extrovert, and never ceases to amaze us by displaying what the word “outgoing” actually means. I would have hustled the children into the restaurant, anxious to get them all seated and settled. I likely wouldn’t have stopped to chat with people I didn’t know. She took the time to engage an elderly woman who was clearly enjoying seeing and chatting with her. “A little child shall lead them” and all the related platitudes ran through my mind. Motherly pride in my lavender clad daughter welled up as I watched the little conversation unfold. Just as I began over to retrieve her and excuse ourselves to go join the rest of the family, my stomach dropped and I could hardly believe my ears… my darling has just sweetly inquired of the woman “Are you almost dead?”
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