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Friday, February 3, 2012

Charming Little Boy

Little Boy picked up a frozen pea at the supermarket today. He rolled it between his fingers and then squished it. You know how it is when you squish a pea right? This green pea paste oozes out. Little Boy waved his finger under my nose and I thought it was his booger. So I did what all mothers would do. I suggested to Little Boy to keep it on his finger and bring it home to freak The Daughter out.

Little Boy refused. He said "Mom, I'm not evil."

I retorted "Are you saying I'm evil? What kind of son calls his Mommy evil?"

The cashier smiled widely and so I pressed what I thought was my advantage. After all, I was sure the cashier was a Mommy like me, and would empathize. "See!" I said, "This lady doesn't approve of you calling your Mommy 'evil'". But the lady betrayed me. She said, "Aiya... he made a joke." and then she smiled widely at Little Boy, and almost winked.

I wouldn't let the matter rest, so as we walked to the car, I elbowed Little Boy in the ribs and said that he had scored an unfair advantage because he had charmed the lady with his smile. Little Boy rolled his eyes and grinned and went into contortions trying to explain that he wasn't charming and didn't at all exert unfair advantage with his charms. So there we were poking at each other's bellies when in the midst of a contortion a sprightly Indian man popped up like a Jack in the Box, put his face close up to Little Boy and fairly squealed... "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! This one is so CUTE!"

After a shocked pause... I smiled and thanked the man graciously for his compliment. Then I turned to Little Boy and said "No charms huh? I rest my case." Still, it was quite a surreal experience. I mean, who actually walks up to 11 year old boys and goes "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! This one is so CUTE!"

Still... it was a nice thing to say.

8 comments:

Theanne said...

Oh Petunia you and your son have the most interesting experiences...;-)

petunialee said...

Theanne - Yup! That was a most interesting event indeed!

Wen-ai said...

Hrm... I think it's quite scary for a man to come up to an 11 yeat old boy to squeal "so cute!". Haha.

petunialee said...

Wen-Ai: I was somewhat taken aback too. But it was a brightly lit place with a lot of people so I didn't freak out. I just smiled and thanked him.

My Sinfonia said...

That man was strange indeed! But it looks like you can't win when the Little Boy turns on his charms.

petunialee said...

Sinfonia - Kekekekeke! I'm gonna show Little Boy your comment. He is sure to blush to the tips of his ears and go "Moooooooooooom!"

Malar said...

Little boy is full of charms! Very interesting story!

Sharon said...

so heart-warming to see mother and son having a comaraderie time together. :)