|Do you see little Katie Creason taking it all in?|
When I was installed as Senior Warden of my lodge, my daughter Katie got to sit with me in the West after I was installed in my chair--do you see her off to the side? She was being particularly shy and quiet, which is a little out of character for her. She's always been quite the chatter-box (in fact, her mother and I frequently question the wisdom of teaching her to talk). It was a lot to take in for such a little kid, and she really didn't understand what was going on.
After installation, it was just the two of us. Her mother had to work, so I took her to McDonald's for a Happy Meal. The McDonald's was packed, and when we finally got up to the counter, I sat her up on the counter and ordered. She was still being unusually quiet. When the server asked Katie what she wanted to eat, she exclaimed in a loud voice:
"My daddy was just wearing a dress--and a necklace too!"
You could have heard a pin drop at McDonalds as everyone turned to look at us. I'll never forget the look at that young girl's face behind the counter either. I said something about it not being a dress--it was an apron--but in hindsight, that explanation didn't help the situation at all. We ordered our food, and I decided to take it to go. It was a long time before I went back in there again.
Like Art Linkletter used to say--sometimes kids say the darndest things . . .