In the area in which the Quimby family lives, we do not necessarily blend into the woodwork when the girls and I are out and about on our many outings. I don't know if it's their impeccable behavior, their adorable matching or coordinating outfits, or the fact that Beezus has a pixie haircut (that some people think makes her look like a boy); but I've noticed that we often get a second glance, particularly if someone is laying on the floor of Target or Giant having a hissy fit. (Thank god they've never layed down on the floor of the thrift store or I would seriously bathe them in disinfectant.)
I like to think that one of the reasons we are noticeable is because I chat and am friendly with people we come across and I've taught the girls to say hello and thank you and see you next time to the people we come in contact with regularly. They do this to the janitorial staff in the office building with the post office, the ladies who work at the grocery store, and the teenagers who work at McDonald's. (There's also this group of senior citizens who hang out at McD's. Seriously, they are there EVERY TIME I go. Not always the same people, but there's always a group of them. They kind of keep to themselves.)
I LOVE the teenagers/young adults who work at McDonald's. There are 3-4 of them who we see regularly. Whether we go through the drive through or walk in, I always smile, say hi, chat a little bit. It does my heart good to see these teenagers working at Mickey D's instead of hanging out on the street corners or whatever trouble it is that the young people get themselves into these days. A couple weeks ago, I even got "hooked up" at Mickey D's. I had done a late night ice cream cone run one Saturday night for Mr. Quimby and myself. I usually order some little peanuts and I thought it was kind of funny when one of the teens handed me a big bag instead of just the little individual bags of peanuts. Imagine my surprise when I got home and found two apple pies in there ! Woot !!!
We probably go to McD's about once every 2-3 weeks for dinner and occasionally my friend A. and her daughter will join us. Either Mr. Q or I do a 9pm run on a weekend night for a special treat another time in that same 2-3 week span. I guess you would call us regulars. Typically, I steam some veggies at home and bring them with us for the girls to eat before we order. It's not a big deal, doesn't everyone bring a pyrex dish of steamed broccoli to McD's ? Well, it may not be a big deal, but evidently, it's noticeable !
Mr. Q was working late last night and the girls and I hadn't been to McD's in a while, so I decided it was a good opportunity to go. But since it was a work day for me, and I had left work late and not planned ahead to go to McD's, I didn't have any vegetables prepped to bring. We go in, order our food, say hello to all our "friends", head to the table and start eating.
A few minutes later, one of the senior citizens gets up to leave and stops by the table to say, "No vegetables today ?" I was floored (and embarassed) - I mumbled something about they had veggies at lunch that day and they'd have them tomorrow, mumble, mumble. I thought she was insinuating that I don't feed my children healthy foods.
She laughed and said, "You usually bring your vegetables with you, I just noticed you didn't have them today."
I guess bringing your vegetables to McDonald's is kind of noticeable after all !
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