Monday, July 23, 2007

Li’l Miss Sunshine at Wal-Mart

Saturday in the grocery department of Wal-Mart I noticed a mother and three young girls staying close behind her.

The oldest girl was probably about twelve or thirteen, plain looking with glasses. The next oldest looked to be about eight or ten, plump, also with glasses – she favored Little Miss Sunshine. The youngest looked to be about six or seven and not really paying attention to anybody, but was following as she was told to.

Just as I saw the group the oldest girl put her arm around the next oldest and gave her “buddy” squeeze. The one that was squeezed turned her face around to face her squeezer and had no expression at all but did study her face.

I think the oldest was a visitor of the family, probably a cousin, and she wanted to show her friendship to the girl closer to her age… to show they could be buddies.

And the Little Miss Sunshine girl probably didn’t know what to think. I don’t think she is used to physical affection and didn’t know quiet how to react.

I think if we keep an eye for her memoirs that will probably be published in about 40 years she will revisit that moment at Wal-Mart and explain to us what went through her mind.



Blogger kenju said...

Too bad they are not more familiar with affection, huh?

6:42 AM  
Blogger ET said...

For some people it just doesn't come naturally.

7:17 AM  

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