We noticed that the girls were attempting to take a group picture, without success. P walked over to them, offered to take their picture, and they politely declined. When P sat next to me, I jokingly said, "Baby, they are teens, some creepy guy walks over and offers to take their picture. What did you expect them to say? In this day and age that is what we teach our kids. We teach them not to talk to older guys. You have reached the older guy, sir stage." If P is an older guy, I am a senior citizen. I really should think before I speak, because all P heard was "creepy guy," and he took it to heart. By now, the guy should know I was kidding. But P could just not let it go. He kept asking me if he gave a "creepy guy" vibe. P went on to point out that many people offer to help others with group pictures. True, when we were there with Grandpa, a woman walked over to us and did the same.
As we were getting ready to place the stroller in the van, the teens were walking by us, and P just had to say (mainly to himself), "Look at me, I am with MY wife and MY daughter, AND I drive a mini van for G0d's sake. I am NOT a creepy guy." I was very tempted to correct him and point out that I drive the mini van, he drives a sedan. I know, I really need to grow up. But I detected a hint of dejection, and made sure to reassure P that I was kidding, and that the girls were most likely shy.
P has mentioned "creepy guy" several times today. That incident really made an impression on the poor guy. Here is my desperate attempt at making it better:
P IS NOT A CREEPY GUY.
Now, tell me honestly, does he look like a creepy guy?