For a brief moment I truly couldn't figure out what was funny, but there was no one else around and he was looking/laughing directly at me. I started to ask what was so humorous when suddenly it hit me, "Umm.. let me get it hard." Hahaha, oh man! There was nothing I could do except join in on the kid's revelry, he got me fair & square, and to be honest I was quite impressed with his sharp sense of humor. Had I been his age I would NEVER had found that sentence to be funny, but he did and that was pretty awesome. I gave him props for not overlooking such a great opportunity to bust my chops and told him he must have a cool-ass dad. We chuckled a little bit more before I paid for my food and went to find a table.
As I sat on the other side of the restaurant I watched him pay for an extra burger and head back to his table where, I presume, he proceeded to tell his parents what happened, because moments later they both looked my direction with amusing smiles on their faces. I returned a smile and gave an "oh well" sort of shrug as I ate my lunch and delighted in the fact that there was at least one family out there with a fun and open interaction between them. Kids can be quite awesome if you let them.
So, I want to start listing all the reasons the rest of the world probably hates America. My ongoing list will be based purely on the role consumerism plays in our great nation, nothing more. Trust me, the shit we sell/buy here in America is more than enough to rant about, without having to go into politics or porn or war or wealth or pollution, etc. I'll begin my anti-consumerism list with Reason # 1: