I also have a knack for assessing people's character. I don't pre-judge, but I am rather quick to determine "what's up." It's a handy skill and part of what makes me "smarter than the average cookie."
"What's up, lady?"
This past Saturday I was selling some kids items at a mom-to-mom sale when a mom approached my aisle with her stroller with babe and toddler.
Every mom-seller from 10 tables around watched in disbelief as she dragged her toddler on one of those child harnesses down every aisle. Now, you might think the child was tantruming.... nope. She was gaming, manipulating, along for the ride. We were in a gym with a hardwood floor: she was being slide along by mom on her butt past dozens of tables and dozens of other mothers.
|That blur is the young girl dragging herself away from mom as her latest attempt to get her mother's attention, and mom pulling her back, absentmindedly.|
|This is the child being dragged down the aisles by the child harness (leash) by mom with the stroller in front.|
This is me trying not to pass judgement...
After I took those blurry pictures, the moms next to me asked if I had really taken pictures with my cell phone. When I said I had, we had a long discussion about how we could not believe how that mom could drag her child like that. And how the child was the one "winning the battle of wills" with a smirk on her face as she was dragged down the aisles. Just bizarre.