Fifille's packed food gets more elaborate as The Nutcracker season comes to its thrilling end.
We had to take a late-night, post-dinner trip to Nordstrom Wednesday night, mostly for a fresh pair of Haviainas. We stopped & played around in the toys area, the three of us -- Muppet hand puppets, some picture book abt ballet, investigating Elf on A Shelf -- & suddenly I realized how late it was getting.
While we were leaving, finally, we were stopped by a young woman in search of the ladies' room. That Nordstrom has the men's room on the 1st floor & the ladies' right above it on the second. We were extra-certain about this, Fille & I, because we had just run the same route.
We told her, kind of in a pitifully-unrehearsed concert, that if she took the elevator to the 2nd floor, the women's room would be right there --there, we kept pointing -- where the men's room exists in the first floor.
While we were taking, I called the elevator, for I was standing right next to the panel, and we waved her on in, the whole time explaining with clear words & gestures that the ladies' room was in the same place once the doors opened.
I mean, whatta magic trick, I think.
Garçon & I had one foot out toward the parking lot when I realized Fille was still back by the woman & the elevator. I couldn't hear what they were saying, but Fille was halfway inside the elevator door, pressing the "2" button (I surmised) & talking in a supportive tone.
I hurried Fille, and the woman asked us, from inside the elevator, "To get back, I just press one?"
We agreed & waved + wished her luck. After we were in the car, while I was letting it warm, I thought, "In hindsight, we may have coerced that lady onto the elevator."
I tweeted words to that effect & then asked Fille about it. She thought about it, in the back seat, before she said, "I think so, too. She told me she was scared."
Evidently, that was the part I missed. The woman confessed to being scared of the elevator ride & Fifille jumped into the machine to press buttons & be encouraging.
Sayeth Mari, "She gets that straight from you: [midwestern accent] 'No, do it this way. It's so easy; c'mon, I'll show you.'"
That guy should just lock us in the house. Safer for everyone else! Je reviens x