"Richard, no. You are going to poke a hole through it," I rebuked my three year old firmly. He obediently removed his hand and I, satisfied, went back to comparing prices and sizes for the finest roast. Suddenly a deep, firm man voice spoke to Richard again.
"Don't poke holes in the meat please." His voice was not mean or rebuking. Just firm. Instantly, I felt admiration for this manly price cutter employee, as I watched my little boy drop his hand and step back for good this time. Richards embarrassment mirrored my own. But I felt my son justly deserved that embaressment and I for not watching him closer.
"Thank you." Again the deep voice resounded.
I honestly couldn't see the mans face in a sudden confusion of people. I had picked my roast and was headed back. One of the girls I was with commented how he was a little hard on a little boy, but I responded that Richard deserved it. I had already told him no and he reaped the consequences. I was startled when another man beside us kept saying, "Oh no he didn't. Don't leave. Don't leave."
Now to my jumbled blonde brain, I am not putting together what is going on. All I know now is some guy in a white suit is telling us not to leave. I was still confused when he took some lunches off the shelf and marked them free before handing them to my kids. I bit my tongue from saying Richard could not have one. I didn't want another embarrassing scene! So we went to the very long line of customers. Then I see a guy searching through the crowds until his eyes land on us.
"I can get you at the service desk." He said politely.
Again, startled. Still not understanding anything. But hey! There were long lines ahead of us. So my rather large group wandered over, eager to get home to devour the watermelon I had picked out. Until I see the manager standing behind the cashier....just standing there. I kind of knew him but didn't know why he was just standing there. So, I said hi and how are you? Keeping busy? His response was he was just standing there. Okay....lazy manager was still my first thought. So I thank them and we leave. . . Then it hits me. You see, my husband is a customer service manager at hobby lobby, so I know how this works. And why it took so long for me to see.....Ugh! I can be so blonde. They thought I was really mad and were covering their skin. It was embarrassing enough to have my son do that...but when I realized that they thought I was mad at them for rebuking Richard...I wanted the ground to swallow me. I am not one of those people that yell about stupid stuff and wanting to use two coupons even when their policy says only one. I am not a mother that gets mad if someone stops my son from doing something wrong. But somehow I was took for one. My main worry is for the man who rebuked Richard. I can only hope he didn't get in trouble! I thought about going back and explaining that I had not been upset...but decided to just leave it alone. Hopefully in our tiny town, they will all forget soon!!!!!!!!!
But in the end, my anger at my son faded as well although the embarrassment still lingers a bit. I was reminded in my heart that just as God is so patient with us, even when we do stupid things that should embarrass a child of God, he is still patient. He waits and teaches patiently. And I think he learned his lesson:)