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By Mary Gruben

“And though she is little, she is fierce.” Shakespeare.

You can’t make up this stuff, folks.

Wil and I were sitting in our booth at McDonald’s, minding our own business, he with a McMuffin and I with hotcakes. I’m always looking and listening for stories and one had just walked in the door. About 4 or 5 years old, wearing a pink fluffy ballerina skirt, a red tee shirt with white letters that said, “Requires Constant Supervision,” a tiara that was about to slide off her brown hair that looked like a small bird’s nest and brown well-worn cowboy boots. She was holding the hand of an older woman I guessed to be grandma (and I was right) and the other hand rubbing the sleep from her eyes. I nudged Wil’s right leg with my foot and nodded toward the pair walking in. I said, “Want to bet we’re going to be entertained at breakfast?” He just smiled.

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