Fall is here and Arle doesn’t have much to wear.  All of her pants are high-waters and most of her shirts from last year are too short, as well.

I decided I would check out Marshalls this morning to see if they had any fab finds for my Itty Bitty Fashionista.  After scouring the kids’ section, I decided to peruse the shoes.

As we were turning a corner, a beautiful Muslim lady was turning the same corner and coming towards us.  She had a white scarf wrapped around her head and shoulders.

Arle immediately noticed her and pointed and I began to cringe as I dreaded what was about to come out of her mouth.

I was pleasantly surprised when she said, “Look Mommy at that pretty lady!”

I let out a sigh of relief and said, “Yes, she is pretty!”

Then Arle said, “She looks like a snowman!”

Oh crap.

The Miss doesn’t speak in a quiet voice, either.  Everybody could hear her.  And the shoe department at Marshalls consists of short shelves, so we could still see the lady and everyone else in the area.  I was getting stares from all around.

I was whispering, “Arle, that’s not nice.  Don’t say that.”

Arle:  But, look Mommy!  She DOES look like a snowman!

Me:  Honey, stop saying that. It’s not nice.

Arle:  But she IS a snowman lady, Mommy!

I finally realized that arguing with her was only making things worse, so we high-tailed it to the check out counter and went to the car.

I’m sooooo not ready for these embarrassing toddler moments.


10 Responses so far »

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    Rhonda said,

    It’s okay! Someday you will look back on these moments as great memories when she is the awesome young lady she will be! Or when she is telling her own kids the same thing!!!

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    lindsay said,

    hey…it makes for great stories! i had a lot of catching up to do on your blog…arle is simply the cutest coloring (and that dress!! it must be baby lulu…right?!), napa made me nostalgic (wanna go back with me?!) and as far as the fall clothes…its garage sale season!!!

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    Grammy said,

    This post made me laugh out loud. I LOVE ARLE!!!! (and I miss her, too)

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    Your Mother said,

    With many children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their little friends under my belt I have found the best way to deal with such situations is to just smile an understanding smile at the comment as though you are in complete agreement and quickly change the subject. This one is up there with the most memorable bloopers ever, though, Arle. I can’t wait for dinner tonight, it will definitely be our table conversation. I love y’all.

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    Your sister said,

    That is absolutely hysterical. Oh I crack at Arle.

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    Susan said,

    This was too funny! We had a similar situation today. We were in Target and my little man Jude saw a man in a wheelchair. Since this was not his first wheelchair sighting I thought we were in the clear. But with his loud voice he says, “Is that a wheelchair? (It was the kind without arm handles. So it did look a little different.) Why is that man in a wheelchair? How does that man get out of the wheelchair? How does that man go potty? Can he catch a football?” I wish I could say this was a private conversation, but with his booming voice I am sure the whole store heard his inquisitive mind at work. All were innocent questions that were burning a hole in his mind, but it seemed like the word ‘wheelchair’ was echoing through the entire store.

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    jeez…teach your kid some manners will you?


    could of been worse. the kid i used to baby sit pointed at a lady in the swimming pool right next to them and said something about her being really big. when the mom went on to explain that God loves everyone, he said, “but not so much the fat ones, right?” yikes!

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    jami nato said,

    isn’t that what kids are for…to totally keep us humble. especially in public settings? i’m pretty sure that’s in the Bible somewhere. in first opinions.

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    Nancy said,

    I love it!! she is a cutie…i loved all the new photos have to get busy and print all them off!

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    glutenfree4goofs said,

    Oh gosh, that’s funny! Sorry to laugh at your expense but I’ve been there time and time again. Two of my four are out of the most embarrasing toddler stage. Two to come so I’m sure I’ll have plenty more bloopers. :) I stopped from PW
    Jessie at Blog Schmog

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