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Late Sunday morning, and I’m in a long line at our local Trader Joe’s. Everywhere, there are squirming children and getting crankier by the moment adults. In this sea of impatience there is an island of contentment: one over and two ahead of me is a shopping cart loaded down with groceries…and a smiling toddler with his mom.
What could be keeping them in good cheer, I wonder. So, I watch closely.
The little one points to one of the many colorful signs that adorn the store:
Each time, mom tells a story – one about a pilot in search of the best ice cream, another about a surfer outracing a shark. The little one giggles wildly, asks questions, furrows his brows, and thinks for a moment. Everyone else is grouchy, sighing with annoyance, thinking of all the places they would rather be than this particular line.
Except for this story loving duo.
“Tell me more, Mom! Then what happens?”
“Well, suddenly a big wave comes up, and…”