On the way home from work yesterday afternoon I stopped by the gas station. I decided rather than paying at the pump I would go in to the convenience store as it was rather warm and I wanted to grab some bottled water.
No sooner had I unbuckled the twins from their seats had J leapt out and began to admire the shoes of the woman pumping gas on the opposite side of us.
"You have very pretty shoes" J said "I really like the the shiny jewels".
"Thank you" the woman said
Not missing a beat "J continued "Ohh and you have pretty orange polish on your toenails" and then B stepped up and said "I'm a superhero"
My kids are very friendly and can be very chatty. (I have no idea where they get that.) Usually when they do this I'll let them say hi and then quickly move them along so as not to annoy the person they've decided to chat with. This lady was engaging though, and told J she needed to redo her polish and asked B what kind of superhero he was so I let them continue to chat her up.
"They're so cute" she said to me.
What a nice woman for engaging the kids I thought. As much as I like kids, if I was on my way home and it was hot and I got bombarded by a couple of unknown kids I might be a little dismissive. But she wasn't and I appreciated that.
As quickly as these thoughts were flowing through my mind I watched the lady get in to her car while one of the twins was still talking. No "ok bye " , no "yeah right gotta go".
WTF!? Ru -hude!
Seconds later she reappered waving a $5.00 bill at me.
"They're so sweet " she says "Here, go get them some ice cream or something"
Shocked as this is a true first for me I said " That's VERY nice of you but I can't take it"
"I insist" she says more persistently waving the bill at me.
"Ok, you don't have to tell me twice" I joked and took the five from her. "Wow, thanks, that is really very nice of you. Kids make sure you tell the nice lady thank you"
With several thank yous from the twins we headed off in to the store when another thought popped in to my head.
"B & J, who else do you think has nice shoes around here ?"
Huh, cute little kids complimenting people can actually cause people to dole out cash. I could make a career out of this.
Maybe there is something to this concept of pimpin your kids...