Thursday, June 18, 2009

I'm Rubber and You're Glue

My office is in an industrial complex surrounded by other companies that ship and have large items delivered. Most of the companies are manufacturers. However, right next door to my office is a dance studio. Every day when I leave work, there are at least 6-8 little girls running around the parking lot. Last week one of them decided to talk to me.

I was leaving work and minding my own business. I had a boring day at work and just wanted to get home as quickly as possible. Right before I stepped in my car, I heard a young girl’s voice ask “Why are you always here?” Coming from such as small person, I expected the girl to have a small voice. But no. The question was accusatory. When I turned around to reply, I saw her standing behind me with her hands on her hips and she was tapping one foot. She looked like she was all of 7 years old.

“This is where I work,” I replied.
“Well my mommy says girls shouldn’t have to work,” the 7 year old said.
“Well some people don’t work, some people do. It’s a personal choice that everyone has to make,” I said. Then she decides to hit below the belt.
“Doesn’t your husband make enough money so you don’t have to work?”
Now I’m trying not to yell at her and call her names. “I work because I want to be a contributing member of society.”
“I don’t even know what that means!” She yells.
Then I yell back, “that’s because you’re 7!”
“I’m 8! Besides, none of my friend’s mommies work.”
“That’s probably because they are raising their kids and taking care of their families,” I said.
“Well why aren’t you at home taking care of your kids?” she asks.
“Because I don’t have kids,” I said.

And this is where I almost lost it, but somehow kept my cool.
“Aren’t you a little old not to have kids?”

I was about to get all “I’m rubber and you’re glue” on her, then I remembered that it has been 20 years since I was 8 years old and I am a smart, confident, fansmashingtastic ADULT woman and I would not let an 8 year old make me lose my cool. So I just got in my car and drove away. The thought of this little girl getting a healthy dose of reality in 20 years made me laugh all the way home.

7 comments:

Intense Guy said...

Oh boy. I'm glad you kept your cool - this little girl's mother needs a swift kick in the ass though..

Paige Stanton said...

You're right to have left when you did and just let it go. Funny how the younger generations can really gt to you! ; )

strugglingwriter said...

You have more patience than I. You handled it well. I probably would've answered one question and then ignored the rest.

Grr.

DocE said...

I'm sorry but this post made me laugh out loud! Oh my goodness kids are crazy sometimes - and they bring out the crazy in us I guess too!

carma said...

Talk about precocious!! Mom needs to teach her some manners and "people skills." Oh, I forgot, mom is probably just like her only the adult version.

LuLu Lake said...

Little girls can be quite funny, can't they?
I got the impression that her mommy is probably a rich snob :-)

I stopped doing the dares by the book. I just kind of do them on my own and try not to get mad over little things. SO far I have been very good with some minor disagreements ;)

Cant wait to hear what you think of civil war!

Atomic Lola said...

Isn't it funny how this little girl gave such an impression of her mother? I wonder if she would appreciate it. One lesson I hope to teach my children (if I should ever get into that boat) is to respect their elders. If Stephanie from Full House were at that dance studio she would have given a sharp, "How RUde" to that little girl. Great post! Thanks for sharing it.