Shopping in the stores, and standing in line waiting, you are sure to overhear a whole lot of conversations that you just cannot avoid. People use their cell phones and talk to one another like they were all alone. The lady in front of me had a small child in the seat in her cart. I was drawn to her immediately because she reminded me of my niece when she was small. She could not sit still for a second and very talkative. Her pretty pink coat and hat made her blue eyes just pop and shine when she looked at you. I smiled as I waited for the belt to clear so I could load my items.
All of the sudden she stopped swinging her feet and got the most terrible look on her face. I started to say something to her mother but never got the chance. The little girl let out a wail that you could hear for several aisles over. Her mother turned quickly to see what was wrong. She tried to calm the little girl down the best she could while trying to finish checking out. The cashier looked annoyed, and I just stood there trying to figure out what the heck triggered her sudden outburst. When the mother finished paying she pulled the cart further to the front of the aisle. All the while the child was just crying her eyes out. I started loading my items and pushing them toward the cashier. Finally the mother asked her what she was crying about. The little girl looked up at her mother just shaking as she sobbed. “Mommy…Santa got laid off and there won’t be any Christmas this year!” Her mother was shocked at the statement. So was I, and the cashier who heard her. “Where did you hear that?” she asked her. The little girl said..” THAT lady said Santa won’t be coming this year to her house.” pointing to the cashier. The startled cashier, stopped checking out my groceries and looked at the little girl. She moved closer to her and said “Honey I never said that at all, I said “If my husband gets laid off MAYBE santa won’t come this year.” Funny how children that young can hear only parts of a conversation and believe it with their whole heart.
The little girl stopped crying and seemed happy with that answer. They walked away and the cashier came back to doing her job checking out my groceries. I told her she was sure lucky that the little girl accepted her explanation. She gave me my receipt and said, “I guess I better watch what I say this time of year.” I smiled and thought she was sure right about that. In this day of bad news happening a lot, kids take things to heart. We should try to keep their minds clear of a lot of the bad things and focus on the good ones.