Jonathan and I picked up a neat trick from his aunt, Mica. Because pointing can sometimes be an awkward or offensive gesture in public, depending on the circumstances, Mica has taught her children to “show” with a gently extended arm and an upturned palm, rather than point with an extended index finger. After a number of interesting encounters in public with Eliana, I decided to adopt Mica’s strategy with our own children. Unfortunately, we have recently discovered that even this method is not fool proof.
We are currently in the middle of a visit to my parents’ home. Mom and I took the kids to the local grocery store with us yesterday to get them out of the house for a little bit. As mom got in line to check out, Eliana took note of a very sizable man standing in line in front of them. He was not wearing a belt and his pants alone were not up to the challenge of providing full coverage. With his drawers drooping, Eliana was scandalized by the full seven inches of crack that were protruding above the waistline of the man’s trousers. With wide eyes she pointed and shouted at the top of her lungs, “LOOK, grandma! Look at his BUTT!!!” Mom, in her ever-gentle fashion, quietly corrected Eliana and said, “Sweetheart, do you remember what we talked about? We don’t point, remember?” Eager to convince grandma to examine her shocking discovery, Eliana threw out her arm with palm uplifted and hollered, “LOOK, grandma! I SHOW you his butt!!!”