2 years old, and thrown out of a store

I was visiting with some friends a few weekends ago. True to my introvert form, I took off on my own for a little while. I visited some nearby shops and then sat down on a bench to wait for the rest of the folks to come find me.

A dad and a toddler girl were sitting there. Well, he was sitting; she was squirming and squealing. The dad "warned" me about sitting near them, saying his daughter was "not in a good mood." He jerked his thumb towards a store behind us and said, "We just got kicked out of there."

I laughed, and he said, "No, really." Apparently, the toddler had been fussing and crying, and a store clerk told them they needed to leave. Wha????

The girl was tired. It was late afternoon. I started chatting with her and playing with her. She perked up, started giggling. The dad was clearly relieved.

I told him I'd been kicked out of far better places with my kids, and that the folks inside were obviously jerks.

Kids are kids. Sometimes they fuss, get tired and grouchy. They cry. Let's not ban them for it.

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