I try to preempt every sticky situation I can think of when it comes to taking my kids out in public. A super short person, a super tall person, big, small, smelly, weird, different, what have you.
Taking kids out in public is totally like a box of chocolates. You never know what they’re going to say.
And if they do say it, you pray the person did NOT just hear it and give your kid THE LOOK and tell them to shush it through your clenched teeth.
Well tonight was a quite successful dinner out at Red Robin. My kids didn’t insult the waiter and only made TWO trips to the restroom (bathroom humor/saying something embarrassing is like 50 times as likely in a public restroom) (at least it is with my kids).
But at the end of the meal a family was seated in the booth nearby and the man had some generous white, scruffy facial hair. And before I could even put my hand over his mouth Gray STANDS UP in his seat and POINTS and says “Look Carter! Look at his BIG BEARD! BIG BEARD!”
Big Beard that man didn’t hear, but yeah, how could he have not.
And I wonder, he did HAVE a big beard and I doubt it was something he is embarrassed about, because he could shave it off if so, so maybe he LIKES the attention from having that big beard?
I still had a talk with Gray about the whole pointing and shining a huge spotlight on the guy type of thing. It will be fun when my kids learn to know the enjoyment of giving a compliment. Maybe someday Gray can go up someone like that and tell them he likes their big beard. (Because seriously he was delighted by it.) And it just might make that person’s day.