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Hey, I have a great business idea! What about starting a truck that drives around, plays music, and sells kale to kids?!?
Being circumspect around Stella is becoming more important because (1) she absorbs a lot of what David and I talk about without seeming to pay attention, and (2) she loves to talk to all sorts of people, including random strangers, and tell them all about her life. Boy, I sure don't know where she gets THAT tendency, said her mother, as she uses her blog to tell random strangers all about her life.
Here's an example of how Stella's love of telling all can lead to trouble. The other day, Stella told her swimming teacher that we had to drive to swimming lessons (rather than ride our bikes as we sometimes do) because "mama left her bicycle at the bar." That comment made me look bad in front of the swimming teacher, and I was especially embarrassed because it was untrue. What really happened is that I left my bicycle at...well, it was more like a bar that also sold food. Practically a restaurant. Totally different!
David and I have also started being more cautious in how we talk about other people in Stella's presence, as we don't want her to repeat our remarks, especially out of context. So sometimes we use subterfuge. Let's say, for example, that we are talking about a friend named Bill who got a particularly bad haircut. In our conversation about it, David and I would try to refer to this friend by the initial B, except that about half the time we would forget and call him "Bill, I mean B," fooling no one and dramatically increasing the chances that the next time Stella sees Bill she will tell him that her parents thinks his hair looks like it was cut by someone who is visually impaired. And who uses a weed whacker as her preferred styling tool.
Perhaps the lesson I should learn from all this is that if it's not okay for Stella to hear and repeat, perhaps I shouldn't be saying it. Maybe her getting older will help me learn to be more straightforward in my communication, and to not say unkind things about people when they're not around. We'll see how it all shakes out. In the meantime, I'm going to dig in the freezer and dip into my secret stash of cookie-dough kale.