“Have you ever tried too hard?”
If we’re ever in public, and I try to give you advice…RUN!! I mean well. I really do, but sometimes that just gets me into trouble. So, here’s my story…
I was out of town and killing some time in the Princeton Library in New Jersey, USA. I teach my children French at home, so I happen to be stalking the French book aisle in the children’s section. I was only going to be in town for a few more days, so I couldn’t justify the expense of the monthly membership.
As I was picking our next round of books, the librarian brought over a woman who was looking for French books for her 3-year old son. Score! I could help!! I’ve been through this!!
So, after the librarian left, I started talking to the woman in the aisle. She said she was moving to France soon and that she was trying to get her son used to the language. I told her I could recommend some titles! She was relieved! Wasn’t this great??!! I’m helping out a fellow mom! Woohoo!
We first started talking about Babar. She mentioned that they had watched the show on TV recently, and her son found it scary.
Instead, I recommended these adorable books, the adventures of Zoe and Cleo, none of which the library carried. But, I thought her son would just LOVE these books so much, I went out of my way and showed the woman on my phone what they looked like, etc. She was very nervously grateful.
Then, here’s where it happened. She wanted to take out some French DVDs, too. I had been eyeing the Kirikou DVDS that week, an adorable animation about an African boy who speaks French. I estatically handed her “Kirikou et la Sorciere” because it was the one I had seens years before, and I just loved it!
Oh, but why stop there? I told her, “Here! Take my blog business card, and if you need any more recommendations, I’d be happy to help!”
I then went back to my seat and felt satisfied. By the time I read my daughter a second book, a sensation of fire rushed to my face! I jumped up from my seat, and whisked my baby in her stroller straight back to the French shelves.
The woman wasn’t there. “Oh, no!” I ran around the floor looking to see if I could find her, but no such luck. She was gone.
I had just recommended a DVD with VERY SCARY witch scenes that would be far too scary for a 3 year old. Just because I had liked this movie, it was totally inappropriate for a child so small!!! What had I just done???
Needless to say, I never heard from the woman.
Have you ever meant well, but done something totally wrong by mistake? Do tell us in the comments!
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Oh no Jen! I had never seen that video, buy just by virtue of the fact that the title of the video has witch in it had me worried for you. I can’t say that I have as good of a story as you… Mine usually has to do with being stopped in the street (in New York City) and being asked for directions from a tourist. I answer them and realize after I have walked a block away that I was turned around and gave them the wrong direction. I feel aweful afterwards, and when I turn around they are long gone. I blame it on ‘mommy brain’ 🙂
Oh, no! lol! It happens! Sometimes I just try too hard, and I just do harm. I think I need to slow down and not be so anxious!
C’est la vie!
Oh no, Jen! How awful for you. I am constantly over-enthusiastic and am learning (veeery slowly) to only give information when people ask for it and only give the information they have asked for…So hard when all you want to do is help – I was with you every moment of the post!
You hit the nail on the head — only give the information for which they have asked for. I need to tune into that!!