Sunday, January 13, 2008

painfully shy

I sit here in the last half hour of work. A trio has come in. Mother and two kids, daughter and son. The son is a chatter box. The daughter gets scared if you even look at her. I did not know this information as I tried to converse with her. She got up and ran to the back where her mother was trying on shoes. I heard, "oh she's really shy" come from their mom.

It was a bit sad for me to see this beautiful child being so scared of everyone. Other customers came in and I saw her perk a bit when another little girl, a bit younger than she, come in. She was intrigued.

I wonder how much the shyness is because that is what she hears, thus she must be shy. I would want to help any child of mine who was shy to come out of their shells and really experience the world. Not implant that seed.

Then again, it was only a quick glimpse into their lives.

3 comments:

Jack K. said...

I love you dear. What keen insights and empathy.

I am proud you are my daughter.

Love ya,

Dad

Monika said...

So well observed! I too was a shy child, and nobody helped me get over it.

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

Yes, it really is difficult to relate to having a "painfully shy" child...They say it's temperament, but you have to wonder with all that self-fulfilling prophecy going around. Kids are so impressionable...