While walking with Ava Scarlett the other day, an older woman came walking in our direction, eating a slice of pizza with her gaping mouth smacking loudly. She had a run of red sauce next to her mouth. As she sauntered past us, my kid’s head cranes around, watching her. I know what she’s thinking, but I only say,”Don’t stare, baby.”
She: That lady was chewing with her mouth open.
Me: *stifling grin* Yes, I saw.
She: That’s gross.
Me: That IS gross.
She: Isn’t she kinda old to do that?
Me: You mean, shouldn’t she know better? Yes, she should.
She: That’s not polite.
Me: No, it’s not.
She: And anyway, if you’re going to eat a piece of pizza walking around like that, then you need to have a napkin so you don’t make messy face out in the world.
I look at her and start laughing. She laughs too.
Me: You’re absolutely right. And it’s better to sit down and eat anyway. It’s better for your body to stop and focus on what you’re eating. It’s civilized.
She: *thinks* Unless it’s a cheeseburger. That’s okay. And you can have the napkin in your purse with your French fries, right mummy?
Busted. This is totally how I roll.
Me: Well, it’s still better to sit whenever you can. And always use your napkin.
She: Yeah, because otherwise… that’s unseemly. *shakes head with eyes closed*
A man walking past overhears us, and snorts with laughter, giving us the thumbs-up. She gives him the thumbs-up right back. Holy crap, this kid is getting wise.
Chatting with her is becoming one of my favourite pastimes…