I am a people watcher by nature and I’m pretty sure I learned it from my dad. He and I used to sit on the benches at the mall and watch people while my mom and sister would shop. It’s an interesting hobby. I also tend to listen to people talk because I’m secretly nosy and a sociable person. This is probably why I love social media so much. In any case, it’s just no wonder that I would find myself writing a post about McDonald’s Playground Conversations on my blog, but here goes.
I listen to a lot of conversations throughout my day, either in the office or when we’re out in public. I guess I’m super nosy or just observant. But, it always shocks me when someone actually starts talking TO me, especially when I don’t know them or haven’t expressed any interest in talking to them. This happened to me one day while Benjamin and I were enjoying our lunch before he went to play on the playground.
You see, the toy of the week in his Happy Meal was from SpongeBob SquarePants and you all know how much we love SpongeBob. We were talking about his excitement to have received a Squidward toy when a girl (older than B) came up to us and started to reach into Benjamin’s Happy Meal box. She was asking him what toy he got, said something about a “squid”, and came very close to touching his food when I asked her not to reach into his box. Her mom turned slightly and told her to leave us alone. Benjamin asked me (innocently) why the girl did not know that his name was Squidward and I replied that I didn’t know. The mom just about fell off her bench turning around to us and stated that she does NOT let her kids watch SpongeBob because that show is RUDE and she doesn’t want her children to act like them.
Uhhhh…your child just reached into my child’s lunch and almost touched his food!
I just smiled and told Benjamin that some kids don’t watch SpongeBob and to just finish his lunch and he could go play. He didn’t think anything of it and went about his business.
Now, this past weekend, Benjamin and I were back at the McDonald’s Playground and he was the only child out there. Sometimes he really loves that, but sometimes he wants friends to be there with him. On this day he was okay with it because we had plans to also go to the park after and he was quite excited about it.
After we were there for a few minutes, a mom and her two daughters showed up to eat and play as well. The girls looked to be about 8 and 10. As a side note, we saw them at the park later as well and I heard the mom say “she’s 9” so there you go. Anyway, the girls were eating their lunch and I guess one of them was eating fairly quickly because I overheard the mom say,
“You need to learn to eat slower because boys will not want to take you on a date if you eat like that”
Uhhhh…your child is a little young to be worrying about dates, don’t you think?!
Of course, I would never say anything and it was all I could do not to look up and see if the girl was eating crazy or how the mom was eating or just being nosy in general. I just kept my eyes on my own lunch and Benjamin and minded my own business.
Finally, this one is a cute one. (and I promise we don’t go to McDonald’s a TON, but everytime we do, there is another fun conversation) Benjamin was playing on the playground with another little girl and he kept saying “girl, come here” so I told him to learn her name. He did and then started talking to her. They had climbed into the first level of the playground and just sat down. Benjamin had a new pair of shoes that he was telling her about and he was very excited. He loved that he now wears a size 12 so he had to tell her that as well. I don’t remember all that they talked about, but they were sitting there for a good five minutes just chatting away and then they got up to go play some more.
My little charmer!
I just love overhearing funny conversations.
People are so weird sometimes!
I’m linking up to Pour Your Heart Out on Things I Can’t Say.