Maya is of an age now where she not only talks -a lot, really, really, a lot -and unfortunately at times, her conversations are not always what one would like to hear her say in public either!
What child doesn't have issues like that though? I think all of us have, when we were children, said things that may have been the truth but kind of left you thinking about the impact the words may have had on others around too.
This past Wednesday, since my older grandson had spent two nights up here with us and had to return home that day, I had to meet his mother (my older daughter) at the truckstop in Snow Shoe, which is about 15 miles from here. Since I was already out of the house and that is in the general direction of State College, I decided I needed to run do there to the mall and look for a couple of items I needed.
Mandy had gone that morning to take Kurtis to a doctor's appointment in Dubois so I had to take Miss Maya with me. Before we left, I reminded her -frequently -that I expected her to be on her best behavior so I could shop in peace that way.
We went to the Joann Fabrics store over in State College -which is one of my favorite places to shop and has been for many, many years. Lately, since I don't do all that much sewing these days, I haven't been going there to check out the beautiful fabrics but most often now, my purchases there, are items I need for my embroidery work -more floss, cards to put the floss on, storage containers too so I can keep better track of my floss -how much, what colors, I have, etc.
This kind of shopping often though is more than a bit tedious for children of any age and especially for those in Maya's age range. She was that day actually behaving fairly well though.
At one point however, from where I was looking at embroidery stuff, we could hear the voices of an adult reprimanding a child and the kid's responses now and then too. As they neared the aisle were Maya and I were we heard the mother tell the child "You are NOT being a very nice little girl!" and she was a bit loud as she said that which indicated to me she was at a level of frustration that I do know -all too well.
As they walked past our aisle, Maya realized they were the people we had been hearing and in her best voice -translate that as LOUD -Maya pointed to the little girl about the same age/size as she is, who was hanging on to the front of the cart and making noises - "That girl really isn't being very good, is she, Gram?"
When she said that, the mother of the other child heard Maya's comment and she stopped her cart right there, looked at Maya and responded, "You are so right! She most definitely isn't being a good girl."
At that, I just cracked up laughing and pointing to Maya, I replied "That truly is the pot calling the kettle black though!"
I suppose it could have been more embarrassing though to me and to another party. Suppose Maya had pointed to someone and had made a comment to the effect that someone maybe needed something like the best acne treatments or something else very personal, ya know!
And those of you reading this who have young children now or even if your kids are all grown, I'm quite sure can relate to episodes like this where kids really do say the darnedest things at times, don't they?