a few summers ago....i walked to our downtown shops with my three youngest.
annie was 4ish.
still little.....but out of diapers.
they always like to go to the store that gives out free samples of fudge.
it's very yummy.
i like to go too.
so on this HOT hot summer day we walk in and i gave the mom talk "look with your eyes not with your hands"
we wander through the store and then make it to the counter for the yummy fudge.
the counter was too high for annie so i pick her up and set her on my hip.
she had on a sweet little pink halter sundress (it had been talby's and i loved it so much)
the woman working at the store comes to the counter and immediately i feel a judgmental vibe.
you know that feeling don't ya, moms?!
it's a look that is recognizable.
we get them.
we give them.
and it was obvious.
i remember thinking "geez lady if you don't want to give us free samples then don't put a big sign that says free samples in front of your store!"
so my kids each say what flavor they want....
the sales woman passes them out.
we say thank you.
i feel like i have done something wrong but more so i think to myself "boy that lady has got a real problem!"
we go to leave the store and i move my hand to shift the weight of annie on my hip....
and i that is when i feel it.
and by it.... i mean i feel nothing but skin.
a bare bottom.
she was not wearing any undies!
so i had just mooned that poor woman at the free fudge counter with my sweaty little kid.
probably touched that bare bottom ON the sneeze guard glass.... OH MY GOODNESS!
"ohhhhhh.....THAT'S WHY SHE LOOKED LIKE THAT!!!" i thought.
we quickly left the store and walked back home cracking up the whole time.
ha ha haaaaaa.
my dad loves that story.
i feel a little worn down with the weight of parenting today so this story was a funny memory to make you smile in case you feel that way too.
they grow out of the no-undies-at-the-fudge-counter stage all too quickly.
and maybe someday i will laugh about the junk they are doing now....maybe.
(if i have told that story before....sorry....it's worth repeating.)