skip to content

Still. No, Thank You.

We were walking through the mall near a maze of vendors selling feathers and seaweed lotion and rhinestones to put in your nose piercing.

A man stepped toward me, ready to spray me with something, I’m pretty sure.

“Ma’am, would you like to…”

“No, thank you.”  I continued my stride with Tucker beside me.

The salesman stepped forward again with a louder voice.  “Ma’am, it will only take one moment.  Would you –”

I made eye contact and spoke with greater assertion.  “No.  I said no.  Thank you.”

When we walked into Eddie Bauer, just a few yards away from this guy with the spray, Tucker squeezed my hand and tugged a little.  “Mommy.  Why did you talk to him that way?  Why did you use that voice?”

“Because he wasn’t listening to me. I had already told him no and thank you, and he chose to ignore me. When a girl says no, a man should listen to her the first time.”

“I think he just wanted to ask you a question.”

“Honey, he wanted me to try out the stuff he’s selling, and I don’t want to right now.  I’m here with you, and I don’t want to do that.  It’s not why I came here.”

“How do you know what’s what he wanted?”

“Because it’s not my first rodeo.”

He was quiet for a few seconds, probably processing the metaphor of a rodeo which he’s never actually known me to attend.

“Mommy, I think maybe he just wanted to ask you to marry him.”

“Buddy.  He didn’t want to ask me to marry him.”

“Then maybe he just wanted to say, ‘Ma’am, could I please take your son to San Diego?'”

“I’m pretty sure he didn’t want to ask me that either.”

“But what if he did?”

“Then I’m still very confident with my answer.  No to both.”

Tricia Lott Williford

Comments are closed

  1. Ha! “San Diego”…..where do these kids come up with this stuff?!?

  2. GRINS:)

  3. Oh this makes me laugh. And it’s so sweet. To have kids that can’t imagine why everybody wouldn’t want to spend the rest of their life with you in wedded bliss is pretty cool, don’t you think? I’m sure he knows you are selective, but doesn’t it make you feel good to realize that Tuck already knows you are a compelling person? He won’t look for less.

You Are Safe Now

Available April 9, 2024

This Book Is for You

Now Available
A book about falling in love with the Bible

Just. You. Wait.

Now Available
#1 New Title on Amazon in Christian Inspiration

You Can Do This

Now Available
#1 New Title on Amazon in Women's Issues!

Let's Pretend We're Normal

Now Available
#1 Bestseller on Amazon in Single Parenting

And Life Comes Back

Now Available
#1 in Denver Post: Nonfiction Paperback and Finalist for 2015 Christian Book Award
© 2015-2024 Tricia Lott Williford. All Rights Reserved. Site by Concept To Web.