Monday, July 10, 2006

Warm Fuzzies

On my way back from Boerne where I was doing an interview, I drove into my neighborhood and saw two little eager faces sitting at a table on the sidewalk holding up a piece of paper anxiously. I pulled off into a side street and turned around and stopped in front of the stand, sending annoyed drivers whizzing around me. I dug through my purse for change (why did I go to Coinstar the other day?) and got out.

"Are ya'll selling lemonade?" I asked.

"Yup," the girl replied as the boy sitting next to her thrust the sign in my face. It was a piece of paper that read: Lemonade, 25 cents in scrawled jagged writing. They squinted as they looked up at me hopefully. I put fifty cents on top of their folding table and told them to keep the change as the girl quickly handed me my plastic cup. She seemed very unconcerned about the extra quarter. The boy next to her looked up at me using his sign as a hat to shield his face and said, "You are pretty." I felt my face break into a grin. "Thank you," I said, grinning happily. I got back in my car and turned around, waving as I drove past.

And those three little words uttered by that sweet little face are going to keep me going all day. There was no sarcasm and no sliminess- just a nice little kid. And honestly, how cute is that?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

awww! i try to stop at lemonade stands too! i did it once as a kid and got so discouraged b/c nobody really stopped. we also used to go to a friend's house after it rained really good (their house was on a busier street) and wait at the foot of the driveway for a car to come drive through the puddle and splash us. most cars would drive up the center of the road and avoid the puddle but there were some nice fun people too. if you ever see kids in swimsuits or already wet-looking clothes sitting at the foot of the driveway eagerly watching cars go by, definitely drive right through the puddle! i promise you'll make their day!

~abilene duckie

The Blonde Duck said...

I'll go out looking for puddles right now....as soon as I find where the sunshine ends!

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