Funny Man

by doodaddy on March 30, 2008

We were sitting in our favorite sidewalk coffee house behind one double espresso (me) and one piece of pumpkin bread (Boobaby) when a woman got out of her car nearby. She was wearing an embroidered top of midnight blue, sparkly and with stringy beaded things dangling to midthigh. It was half-sari, half hippie, and so San Francisco that it was almost Taos.

Boo took one look and shouted, “Play dress up!”

Now, I thought that was pretty cute, but the sour look on the bespangled woman’s face clearly conveyed that she’d taken offense. And even though I don’t see how a grownup could feel insulted by a two-year old girl, I was embarrassed all the same, almost as if I’d said it myself, rather than just thinking it (as, to be honest, I was).

Walking around a few days later, we passed a man who looked pretty normal except for an enormous amount of hair sticking more or less straight up. He had that look of the frequent user of hair product who’d run out of his stash.

Boobaby’s loud reaction: “Funny man!”

Again, the adult’s reaction was stony, but this time instead of tucking my tail between my legs, I said, “Yeah? You think he likes to tell jokes?” The guy laughed and we went on our merry way.

So the easy problem is solved: when Boo makes her normal observations of others, I’ll just laugh good-naturedly. The hard part will come when Boo starts noticing traits that really oughtn’t be shouted out loud, like “Old lady!” or “Horrible 80s perm!” or “Man dressed like Elizabeth Taylor!” Then I’m really going to need to do some explaining…

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Helen March 31, 2008 at 8:54 am


My boyfriend sister and I share the same name so his niece calls his sister “Helen” and me “Asian Helen” or “Black Hai5r Helen”. Kids are so observant.


Scott March 31, 2008 at 8:55 am

But how does Boo refer to you??? LOL


doodaddy March 31, 2008 at 9:30 am

“Mommy,” sometimes. Or, “Hey, you!”


Xbox4NappyRash March 31, 2008 at 11:11 am

I’d be more worried about how she’ll refer to you when she starts reading this lot…


doodaddy March 31, 2008 at 11:28 am

Who says she’ll ever get to read it? Kids these days don’t know anything about computers. She’ll never find it.





Stephen March 31, 2008 at 2:54 pm

When our oldest daughter was 2, she saw a Muslim woman with a headdress in Wal-Mart one time. She pointed and said, ‘Mary!’ My wife ran her to another aisle quickly. đŸ™‚


doodaddy March 31, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Exactly! Probably wouldn’t have been the easiest scene to negotiate…


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