Or: I overhear the darndest things!
I went to Target today - and forgot my list, so most of the time IN the store was spent trying to reach Slightly-Brit on a cell phone (every other aisle evoking the phone's "No service" message). As I was leaving I overheard someone behind me talking: "Ok, now listen - you cannot shoot the dog...or the baby!"
I wish I could better describe how the woman spoke - reading the words doesn't give you the true flavor. She was just suggesting these things - not handing down an order. I had to take a peek to see who she was talking to. Behind me was a mom with a little guy (maybe 4 y/o) in tow - and a baby in the cart. She was the one talking - but it hadn't sounded like a mom to kid voice - it was like she was talking to her friend or partner (which is why I so wanted to see who was being talked to!).
She continued: "I mean it, if you shoot the dog or the baby I'm going to have to take it away from you." Ok, now she sounded like a "regular" mom. She kept talking: "You can shoot your grandmother, or me, or your father - but you cannot shoot the dog or the baby." One hopes she was talking about a water gun, but I didn't see any equipment so I can't be sure.
Since I am a grandmother I had to stick my nose in - honestly though, when I'm in a chatty mood I'll stick my nose in for any old reason. They were faster than me, so they were going past me when I turned to the little guy and asked: "You can shoot your grandmother?" Mom answered quicker than lightning - and she made such a face - oh my!
I wanted to grab and her and ask her to sit for a few minutes, have some coffee and "Do tell!" Because it really sounded like there was a story waiting to be told!!
Her response: "OH YES! He can shoot his grandmother - lots! And I'd pay him to use real bullets." You could tell she was joking - even with the twisted face thing - but that lady had a story, I know it!