Don’t strike up a conversation with my six-year-old unless you have a lot of time on your hands. There is no off-switch on our little social butterfly. In fact, striking up a conversation with her isn’t even necessary. All it requires to get her talking is proximity.
Take, for example, our various waiters/waitresses on vacation last weekend. By the end of the meal they all knew her name, her little sister’s name, her big sisters’ names and the fact that mommy is pregnant! That, and so much more. The amount of words spoken by my little family spokesperson exceeded all of our food ordering conversation about thirty-fold.
It got to the point that we had to launch a preemptive strike against her talking so they could work their other tables and paying patrons. We’d see the smile form and the mouth start to open when the said server was about eight feet away and take quick action. She nod, still smiling, as we told her they had other people to serve. Then, if they came within eight feet we’d do it all over again.
Luckily, all of our servers were very pleasant and abundantly friendly to our little ray of sunshine. She even gave one a hug and said, “Bye, Mo!”
And, when you have a server who treats your talkative children well, you may be prompted to give a little extra on the tip. And that, my friends, is the social butterfly effect.