It's amazing what you'll hear if you choose to pay attention.
Here are some things I've overheard recently at the YMCA:
- I was 18 before I ate in a restaurant for the first time. I grew up on a farm.
- Assisted Living - now that's where you go if you want to find a boyfriend!
- I confess; I melted her spoon rest.
(That last one is everything.)
This is what you'd overhear if you came to our house. Our 3 year old says these on a daily basis:
- What you name? (you, not your)
- Hold me up!
- Want more Paw Patrol!
- Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy.
- You be big troll! (translation: Chase me around pretending to be a troll!)
- I have a good idea! or Good idea, Mommy!
- No pants.
- Ready or not, here I come!
- I love you so much.
And there's one thing I overhead 10+ years ago that I haven't forgotten. I was working as a waitress, and our restaurant sometimes gave away free balloons to the kids. One kid lost his balloon in the parking lot, but he didn't cry or even miss a beat. As it floated away, he simply looked up at the sky and cheerfully said, "I'm sorry I lost ya; I hope I see ya tomorra!"
I've never forgotten that little optimist. I hope he's happy, wherever he is.
What's the best thing you've ever overheard?