um, ok….

sensitive checker
at peace with triangle hair
well, um, not really

We went to the glorious HEB today to get some stuff for dinner. When it was our turn at the checkout counter, the wee one took one look at the checker and said, "He looks like a girl!" The checker didn’t really look like a girl (more like that one dude from Average Joe), but he did have curly triangle shaped hair and a headband, so I could see how the wee one was a bit mystified. Anyway, I quietly told the wee one it wasn’t nice to shout out that people look like girls (though as soon as I said that I wanted to take it back. It’s not the shouting that people look like girls that’s the problem, it’s the pointing at people and making loud comments that’s the problem.)

So the checker’s all, "What did he say?" because he heard my quiet reprimand. I just smiled and the wee one said, "Girls have curly hair." In his world, girls DO have curly hair, he doesn’t know any boys with longish curly hair. This seemed like a long explanation, so I just smiled and said to the wee one, "Boys have curly hair, too, silly."

The checker was mortified. He got all kinds of huffy and red in the face and said, "JESUS had long hair, did you ever think of that?"

It took every last ounce of my courage/patience/something for me to not bust out laughing. But I held it in. It should be more sad than funny that an 18-year-old grocery store clerk would be mortally offended by a three-year-old making an observation, but, well, the Jesus thing threw me. And the long hair thing. We weren’t even talking about that… it was the most hilarious thing that’s happened all week.

Ah, well, I still love HEB.

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