“Do you have to go to the bathroom?”
“The bathroom. Potty? Do you have to pee?”
She looked up at him and seemed to think about it. He couldn’t believe she was surrounded by all of that candy and not begging for some.
“No, thank you. I don’t have to go.” He was baffled. Why was she doing the pee pee dance if she didn’t have to pee? You don’t just do that awkward dance, grabbing at yourself and putting your knees together. He’d never seen her act like this before.
“Okay, let’s go to the bathroom,” he said to her, reaching out for her hand. She took it and he carried the basket of food towards the restrooms. The marmalade slipped from side to side due to its weight, which threw him off a bit as he walked. As he stopped in front of the restrooms, she pulled at his hand a bit.
“Can I wait out here?” she pleaded.
“While you pee?” she said to him.
“You’re the one who has to pee,” he responded with his eyebrows up. He had no clue what was going on.
“Nuh-uh. I don’t have to pee.” She started pulling at herself again.
“Then what are you doing?” he asked, pointing to her hands. She began to do what he thought was the pee pee dance once more.
“It’s my underweird. I don’t like my underweird.”
“Your WHAT?” He looked up into the flourescent lights of the market as if God or the loudspeakers of the supermarket could help him. Meanwhile, she pulled her skirt up and pointed at her underwear.
“My UNDERWEIRD!” she said, pointing. He finally understood and pushed her skirt back into place.
“Okay hun. We can change them when we get home. And for the record, it’s underWEAR.”
“What’s a record?” she asked.
Drawing by the super-talented Larissa Meek.