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    The Odds Of Her Believing Are Ever In Your Favor

    | MD, USA | Books & Reading, Family & Kids, Theme Of The Month

    (I overhear the following conversation between a boy who is about 12, and his grandmother.)

    Grandmother: “What are you reading there?”

    Boy:The Hunger Games.”

    Grandmother: “What’s that about?”

    Boy: “Don’t worry Grandma. It’s about these kids who enter a Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament, and the winner wins a bag of candy!”

    Grandmother: “Oh. That sounds nice!”

    Womb Mates Looking To Be Room Mates

    | IA, USA | Family & Kids, Hotels & Lodging, Theme Of The Month

    (I am a nighttime desk clerk at a hotel. Two teenage boys enter.)

    Older Boy: “Yeah, we’d like a room for the night.”

    Me: *suspicious* “Okay, I’ll need to see some ID.”

    (The older boy hands over his ID.)

    Me: “This says you’re only 17. I can’t give you a room unless you’re 18, especially if you’re checking in with someone else. Besides, I can’t even tell if this is you. The picture’s all smudged out.”

    Older Boy: “Oh wait, that’s not my ID. It’s my twin brother’s ID.”

    Me: “Your twin brother…”

    Older Boy: “Yeah! I mean, can’t you see the family resemblance?”

    Ballerina Rex

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Family & Kids, Theme Of The Month, Top

    (I am in the toy store with my boyfriend. It’s a Saturday, so it’s pretty crowded with children and their parents. We’re looking at the display of a new dinosaur toy series, when a tiny little girl in a pink ballerina outfit enters the store with her mother. The girl spots the dinosaur display from about 30 feet away, and comes running over.)

    Little Girl: “Mommy! Mommy look! Dinosaurs!”

    Her Mom: “I see sweetie. Do you want to spend some of your birthday money on the dinosaurs?”

    Little Girl: “Yes! Can I have the T-Rex? Or the Triceratops?”

    Her Mom: “How about one like the one this lady is buying?”

    (The mom gestures to me and the velociraptor set I’m holding. I smile, and hold it at her level so she can see it. The little girl examines it carefully, and then slowly shakes her head.)

    Little Girl: “It’s a little too scary. Can I have the T-Rex?”

    Her Mom: “Sure sweetie, it’s your birthday money after all.”

    (She hands her daughter the T-Rex box, which is nearly as big as she is. Her older brother, who looks about 13, offers to carry it for her.)

    Little Girl: “AWESOME! Dinosaurs!”

    (Clutching the box, she starts skipping towards the cash with her older brother, twirling and spinning like a ballerina the whole way.)

    Her Mom: *sees us laughing* “My little ballerina. She’s been stealing her brother’s toy dinosaurs since she was one!”

    (The adorable, dino-loving ballerina made my day!)

    Doing A Job On The Kids

    | Blackfoot, ID, USA | Family & Kids, Theme Of The Month

    (A mother comes in with two young sons. One is about seven, and the other about four.)

    Mother: “I got you both candy. Now, no more fighting in the car.

    Me: *to the kids* “Fighting in the car? Uh oh. Do you know what happens to kids who fight in the car?”

    Boys: “No. What?”

    Me: “They get left at gas stations. And do you know what we do with kids who get left here?”

    Boys: *wide-eyed* “What?”

    Me: “We put them to work. And we don’t give them the fun jobs; we make them clean the toilet!”

    (By now the mom is just laughing.)

    Boys: “We don’t want to stay here!”

    Me: “Yeah. We make the really bad kids clean the toilets with their tongues!”

    (I look up to the mom.)

    Me: “That might buy you 15 minutes of them not fighting!”

    Mom: *to her boys* “Guess you’d better behave so you don’t get left some where.”

    Boys: “We’ll quit fighting!”

    The Light In A Polite Lite World

    | CT, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Theme Of The Month

    (I work at a convenience store with a pharmacy. I’ve been working there for just about a year, and have given up completely on meeting a customer who’s nice to me. While I’m ringing people out, a boy about the age of eight or nine walks up to my register by himself.)

    Boy: *places Xbox live card on the counter* “Just this, please.”

    Me: “Sure.”

    (I ring him up and give him his total. It’s about $20.)

    Boy: “I’m sorry; I have about $15 in cash, but the rest is in quarters. Is that okay?”

    Me: *smiling* “That’s fine. Now I won’t need quarters later.”

    (The boy smiles and counts out his change. I finish the transaction and hand him the receipt with his card.)

    Me: “There you go. Have a nice day.”

    Boy: *smiling politely* “Thank you very much. You have a nice day too!”

    (He waves and smiles as he walks out. That boy restores my faith in humanity. He is now a regular at our store and I always love seeing him, still as polite as ever!)

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