Posted by: Grandma LaLa | November 20, 2013

Wistful at Walgreen’s

Ron and I had a happy encounter this afternoon at Walgreen’s that brought wistful smiles to these two grandparents.

We were finished with our purchases at the pharmacy counter, walking back through the store to the front.  We noticed a young dad and his little daughter (about 3-4 years old) in the holiday aisle.  The adorable child, wearing bright pink sweater and matching slacks, was pointing to a big statue of Rudolf that she had spotted atop the display shelves.  Oh no, we both thought; he’s doomed and going to have to buy that for her.

The dad reached up for the Rudolf figure and brought it down onto the floor so that she could see it.  It was almost as tall as the little girl, likely one of those hollow plastic ornaments that adorn some yards in December.  She looked at it briefly and he started to put it back.

Then the child said sweetly, “A hug.”  I thought she wanted a hug from her dad.

Nope.  He patiently put the Rudolf figure back down on the floor.  The little girl toddled over and gave Rudolf a big hug.

The dad reached again for the figure, lifted it, and almost had it returned to its storage spot atop the shelves.

Then the child said sweetly, “A kiss.”  I thought she wanted a kiss from her dad.

Nope.  He gently lowered and put the Rudolf figure back down on the floor a third time.  The little girl leaned over, planting a big kiss on Rudolf’s nose.

Oh no, we thought.  Now he truly is going to be expected to buy that figure, having been claimed with hugs and kisses!

Nope.  Satisfied with her greetings for the reindeer, she was off to the other side of the aisle looking happily at trinkets.  We smiled.  That awesomely tender dad smiled.  And Rudolf went back to the top of the shelf to oversee other wistfully delightful holiday encounters.

~ from my journal, November 12, 2011

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