first thing this morning I noticed the sounds of workers out behind my apartment and thought, great, I get to blindly search for dog poop in front of strangers. If only I had known that would be the least of my problems. The noise, oh the noise! The sounds of rocks thumping together, men shouting, eventually a loud machine doing God only knows what and it would have been fine if it weren’t for that meddling tooth pain that is back with a vengeance today going up into my ear hurry up insurance suits hurry up I need my ear! Thank God I’m on Lexapro, seriously. I called the apartment office to find out what the workers were doing and of course no one answered. They never answer. I called Carol. She told me the cutest story!
Friday Carol went to Starbucks with the intention of enjoying some coffee while doing a crossword before hitting the book store. There weren’t any tables available but she noticed two little girls sitting beside each other at a small table, playing on an iPad. Carol asked the two women next to the girls if they belonged to them and then asked if it would be ok if she sat on the other side to do her crossword. The older of the two girls hardly paid any attention but the younger girl was very interested in Carol. The following is what happened, told from the best of my memory of the conversation.
Carol: I only need this much space. (She drew a square around her coffee cup, making the girls giggle)
Youngest girl: What’s that?
Carol: This is a newspaper. (The younger girl came over to get a better look)
Youngest girl: What’s a newspaper?
(I groan at this point. How old do I feel?)
Carol: (Points to the iPad) It’s like that, but made out of paper. (The moms laugh)
The youngest girl is then interested in the crossword. Luckily the perfect clue presents itself.
Carol: How does every single fairy tale start?
Youngest girl: Once upon a time!
Carol: So that’s the clue for this four letter word, do you think the word is once, upon or time?
I can’t remember if she told me the rest but I just loved that story. Yes, the child not knowing what a newspaper is was a bit depressing, but the story of the interaction was happy making. I love random encounters with kids! I knew I had to share in today’s post.
There was also a funny part about the men working outside. At one point I heard a song being sung in spanish as one of the men worked. A little while later a phone rang and the ring tone was the “mine! mine! mine!” from Finding Nemo, which made me think of Tropicana Field.
It’s the little things.
Happy birthday, Ricardo!!!