When little kids shop at the bookstore they often come with things. Sometimes they come in clutching a beloved doll or stuffed animal. I’m always amazed at the plethora of animals kids have. They range from tiny dogs to seemingly full-sized pandas and rabbits.
The kids with dolls are often the cutest because they usually will introduce you to their doll. There was one little girl who started speaking so fast after I asked her what her dolly’s name was. She went on and on telling me about their latest tea party. It was adorable, but I was hard pressed to keep up.
Today a parent was trying to hustle her family out the door and I kept hearing her asking, “Did she have a dress on? Didn’t she have a dress?” At first I thought her young daughter had taken off her clothes. There are times little kids will trail their boots, socks, pants and shirts behind them as they make their way into the store. I actually take it as a compliment that they feel comfortable enough here to treat the store like their house.
It turns out there was a naked doll in the store. Abby, the young doll owner, had been reading and taken her doll’s dress off. After a small search involving her two very patient teenage older brothers, the dress turned up under the picture book section. I loved that the whole family was involved with this search. Apparently, the mom has suggested that rather than remove her clothes in public, Abby could take her doll’s dress off. Nice suggestion and it turned into a fun family activity.
In all the years we’ve been open, no one has ever said, “Did she have a dress on?” when referring to someone in the store. I was still laughing about it when I got home.