Art Linkletter had a show on television way back in the “olden days”, when programs still announced “IN LIVING COLOR!”,  and he had a segment called “Children say the darnedest things”.   Parents would cringe when they’re little darlings answered Art’s questions with often embarrassing yet truthful little gems.  And in the era of live TV, what they said is what you got!

So today’s event is as follows:  I pull into the parking stall at my favorite Subway Sandwich Shop, and get out of the car.  Now, I’m no spring chicken, I know that, but it’s not like I groaned and struggled to get out of the car!  The car next to me had a young man sitting in the back seat, window down, bouncing around as only a 5 year old can.  As I got out of the car, he looked at me, smiled big, and almost yelled “Hi, old man!!”

In that split second, several courses of action presented themselves for consideration.

1.  Reach out and slap the twerp silly.

2. Ignore him.

3. Reach out and slap his mother, sitting in the driver’s seat.

4. Disregard the above, and do what I did…  bellow back at him, “Hi, little boy!!” and walk into the Subway without looking back.

I didn’t see how Mom reacted, but they were gone when I came out a few minutes later.

Oh, and I’m not old.  The opinions of 5 year old’s don’t count.