So, I was coming out of Target the other day, and I witnessed the funniest and the saddest thing all at once. It was raining off and on all day, so everything was pretty soaked. This little boy, who was maybe ten years old, was going in with his mom. Out of nowhere, he jumps and sprawls on top of one of the big red balls outside of the front door of Target, and sings, “I came in like a wrecking ball!!!!”
It was one of the funniest things I had ever seen. I was laughing pretty hard, actually. My eyes got all watery. He sees that I am watching him and for a split second, seems embarrassed. But, once he realized how funny I thought he was, he was quite proud of himself.
I keep walking, laughing the whole way. Then, all of the sudden, his mom starts yelling at him. “Why did you do that?” I mean, she was really screaming at him. She said, “Now, your pants are all soaked! Now, you can’t go in the store, and you’re not getting in my car all soaking wet!”
So, I’m thinking so what? Are you going to make him stand outside in the rain? I mean, here this little guy is giving us comedic gold, and all his mom could do was scream at him. I get that yeah, now he may look like he peed his pants, but, he didn’t. And, I know, who knows what kind of day that mom was having? But, come on. That should have cheered her up.
The more I have think about this, because it stuck with me for some reason, the more it bothers me. I feel like parents like that suck the funny and curiosity out of their kids. I truly hope that no matter what life throws at me, or takes away from me, that I will never be so angry at the world that I crush Audrey’s spirit.
Hopefully, seeing how funny I thought he was sticks with him somehow. Because, honestly, he was funny. And, I bet that he tries to express it all the time and gets in trouble for it. His mom struck me as an angry woman. But, like I said, who knows what kind of day she was having, and maybe she is not always like that. I hope for his sake, that is true.
I look forward to Audrey getting dirty and being silly. Things can be replaced. Clothing can be washed, presoaked in OxiClean sometimes maybe, but they can be cleaned. Those moments when she is at her silliest, or most curious, those are some of the most important moments of both our lives.