On my evening walk, I passed a mom and her young daughter headed the opposite way.
“Mom, it’s oKAY!” The girl waves her arms and bounces as they walk.
“No, it was not okay that you did that.” The mom hunches forward, pushing an infant in a stroller.
“It was okay.” With no uncertainty.
“No, I really didn’t like it when you – did that.” Mom edits for my benefit. Her lips press together. She is not pleased.
“I wish,” the girl begins. By now they are past me and her voice carries back to where I have stopped walking, the better to eavesdrop. She continues slowly, as though choosing her words, “that I had a mom like you except somebody who didn’t care that I did that.”
I decided against openly stalking them, so missed the mom’s reply.