Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Confusion, rudeness and ice cream

Little Elvis isn't the fan of those shopping cart cars that the previous post would have you believe. We attempted putting him in the car yesterday afternoon. It was not pretty. He cried most of the time. He would stop and just randomly fuss if one of us walked in front of the cart car and talked to him.

I was on walking/talking duty while we were snapping up a great ice cream deal in the frozen treat aisle.

Our car cart was bigger than a normal cart, the aisle was packed, and an older man decided to squeeze between our cart and another cart. He attempted this right as I was backing up to look at Little Elvis, and I backed into him.

As I always do, I said, "Excuse me." I did not yell excuse me, I just said it. It's a reflex for me, like saying, "Bless you" when someone sneezes.

Then I looked at the person who was behind me. It was an old man that appeared to be leering into the cart at my sweet Little Elvis.

The man then glared at me and said, "I say 'Excuse me' when I back into someone." This completely confused me. First, why did he have to tell me he said that, when he could just apologize for hitting my bum with his cart? And secondly, why was this man trying to leer at my little boy?

While I was processing this, I just stared at him. Probably my expression was a mixture of confusion and accusation.

The man gave me one final glare and stormed off muttering. Bob ended up going after him and saying loudly, "She DID say excuse me!" to the man's back.

That's when it clicked in my mind. The man was possibly just leering at Little Elvis for having the audacity to cause me to back up and look at him. And he was telling me what he did when backing up to people, because he didn't hear me.

We've decided he was hard of hearing. I might not have been loud, but Bob has a low, deep voice. I'm just glad he wasn't leering at my baby. Although I don't like that I came across as rude when I wasn't being rude. Oh well.

Little Elvis ended up riding Bob's neck for the remainder of our shopping trip.


Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

I hate incidences like that, especially when you feel misrepresented.
Hope you have a terrific tomorrow.

1:15 AM  
Blogger The Burp Cloth Babe said...

What a grump! Little Elvis looks so cute in that buggy!!! :)

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

lol people like that suck. They can ruin your whole experience. You weren't rude, he was though.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Some people!! Kelsie will only ride in those kind with the car on them. But not all the time. It sorta sucks going in the store with a screaming toddler that wants to run around like a cray chimp! Thanks for the comment!!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

What a creep. I'm fond of seniors, but geez, what a jerk.

My daughter hates shopping carts too.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranky old people. Ugh.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Ann(ie) said...

People can get massively cranky as they age. YOU did nothing wrong and good for your hubby!!!!

2:22 AM  

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