Yesterday afternoon I was at Whole Foods with six of my children. I was feeling very sleepy and extremely relaxed. I had spent a little time earlier in the afternoon practicing some relaxation techniques I had recently learned.
We had finished our shopping and we were walking out of the store when my children exclaimed in unison, “Mom!”
I dazedly replied, “What?”
Phoebe informed me, “You said that out loud!”
In an instant, I realized what I had just done. The cashier had seen two of her friends, Tambien and Cathy and had called out to them. While I have no idea why I repeated her greeting and was really not fully cognizant until my mockery was complete, the following is true:
While the cashier’s greeting was friendly and casual, I apparently had, in a loud and very sultry, accented voice, said, “Tambien, come here and let me touch you!” To complete my parroting faux pas, I added for good measure a saucy shoulder roll and jiggle and sway of my hips.
And yes, according to my children, heads did turn. We laughed the whole way home.
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