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~Wednesday~ I got my 30-minute walk in today by walking from my office on Hillsborough Street down to the Cameron Village Library, where I returned The Art of Racing in the Rain, which I finished last night and was due today.

I dropped the book in the "Adult Books Return," which always sounds like a porn depository to me. It also bothers me a little that its neighbor drop box is labeled, "Children's Books Return"—the annoyance specifically being the lack of parallel construction in the label names. Albeit, I supposed they're both written correctly. But I digress...

I started my walk back, during which I was going to make a stop at the Harris Teeter grocery store to buy some Crab Queso Dip that was on sale as part of today's "Fresh Catch Club."

As I walked by The Fresh Market, a lady pushing a grocery cart with her little girl in the child seat part of it, aimed it toward me and upon approaching said a little distraughtly, "She's stuck in there. I can't get her out."

I looked at her with one of those, "Are you talking to me?" looks, and she said, "You look like the type of person who can figure things out."

My thought, which I kept in my head, was: "What does someone look like who can 'figure things out?' And how exactly am I exuding that look that's so obvious to you, yet so incognizant to me?"

I asked her to hold on a second while I stopped the stopwatch on my phone, which was timing my walk, and then I approached the adorable little girl strap-trapped in the seat.

This is not the girl I helped out, but its an eerie resemblance to her. The one I helped had a strap around her, obviously.
Hover over image for photo disclaimer.

The little girl didn't speak at all; she just watched in wonder as if she, too, could see those highly sought-after "figure things out" skills that made me the quintessential candidate for her rescue.

As I pushed what looked like a button to free the clasp, which I'm sure the mother must have done, she said, "I mean I've tried everything. I put her in these things all the time. I've never had trouble getting her out before."

I moved away from the button that wasn't a button to two little tabs on either side of one side of the clasp, and I pressed them inward to open the clasp.

The mother exhaled audibly, obviously relieved and she stepped forward to hug me, which I thought was a little much (and I'm a hugger), but she stopped herself, put her palms together in front of her chin, but fortunately did not start, "Here's the church, here's the steeple."

What she did do was protrude her derrière, affecting a Lady-san bow with her palms intact, and said, "Thank you."

I strutted away like the figure-it-out-stud that I obviously am.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Julie Proctor
Mar. 21st, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Last line
Dear John...I love starting that way. ;-)

Your last sentence was my laugh for the day. Love it and love you.

But why the heck, if you walked to the library you didn't come say hi to me? Hmmmm????

Love you Stud!
Mar. 21st, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Last line
Yay! Thanks for letting me know, my friend!

Dang it! I always forget you're right there. I frequently walk that way, so I will make it a point to stop by in the next week or two!

Are you generally there during lunch time, or do you take "Post Office" hours for lunch? :-)
Julie Proctor
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Last line
LOL I usually eat later (1ish - 2ish) and often bring lunch back to my desk. I'm usually there. I'm going to look forward to a surprise visit!
Mar. 21st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
You were her knight in shining armor. Good on you freeing the cute little toddler.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
I am SO VERY pleased that I'm not the only one this happens to.

And I mean this happens all the time. Random strangers just walk up to me and ask away -- should I do this? Should I get this? Which one is best? How do I? Where do I go? How do I get there?

On and on, ad infinitum.

From now on, I am sending them all your way.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
So many questions!!! LOL. I believe I'd "snap" if that many people asked me that many things! :-)
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