To start, let me tell you something about Brigham. He does not meet a stranger. I almost don't want to take him out with me anymore, because he is sure to inform whomever we meet everything that we are about to do. They may find that we are going to go to the drive-in, or that he is going to get a swat on the bum if he doesn't behave. Or, he may go up to some random woman in the post office and get a little friendly.
Such was the case today. I was in the post office mailing a Christmas box, when I noticed a very stiff looking elderly woman behind me. Perhaps she her hearing aid wasn't on loud enough to hear Brigham's conversation, or perhaps she is not in the habit of talking to kids who she doesn't know. Whatever the reason, she was not even acknowledging that Brigham was in the same room, let alone trying to converse with her. So, I brought Brigham back to me, and asked him not to continue to try and talk with her. Of course, at this point, I noticed that Hyrum was now hiding underneath his favorite post office counter. As we were done paying for our box, I went back to get Hyrum and take the boys out the car. While I was convincing Hyrum that he really needed to come out, Brigham decided to try and renew is previous conversation. You can only imagine my internal convulsions when I looked up and saw Brigham standing next to the same woman, not only talking to her, but rubbing her bottom! No, I don't think he realized he had his had on this woman's rear. He was just petting her like he would have a lost puppy he was trying to calm. Unfortunately, the resting place for his hand was not one that was having the calming effect he was hoping for. Personally, I think I would have reacted a bit to someone with their hand RUBBING my bum, but this woman stoically ignored the small boy by her side.
Poor kid, he was only trying to be kind. I when I regained my composure enough to grab him and notice what he was saying it was "I love you" as sweetly as any child every told his grandma the same. But, I don't think she will be signing up for the adopt-a-grandparent program anytime soon!