This two-year-old girl just gave an adult Target employee a real lesson.
As a reward for learning a certain potty-related skill, Sophia Benner’s mother, Brandi Benner, took her to the store to pick out a toy. Not surprisingly, young Sophia headed straight for the doll aisle, choosing one that she felt represented her well. But when she got to the cashier, the attendant questioned her choice, asking if she didn’t want to choose one that looked a little more like her.
But before her Mother, Brandi Benner could step in with a defense, the little girl had her reply. “Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor,” she told the cashier. “And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?”
Benner posted a photo of Sophia and her new doll to Facebook along with the story and the Internet has been gobbling it up. The post has had nearly 200,000 shares, 500,000 likes and 30,000 comments. Such a heartwarming moment and such a wise, open-minded girl–Mom must be incredibly proud.
“The cashier was an elderly woman and I believe she was completely ignorant to what she was truly saying,” Benner wrote on Facebook. “I feel like in her mind she was being helpful and making conversation with my daughter.”
Because this was no impulse purchase. Benner and her daughter spent a good 20 minutes in the doll aisle, considering options. (If you’ve ever toy shopped with a child you know such decisions are not lightly made.)
“She kept going back to the doctor doll, because in her mind, she is already a doctor,” Benner told CNN. “She loves giving checkups, and if you come in the house, she’ll tell you that’s the first thing you need.”
In case you hadn’t noticed, the doll Sophia chose is black. But despite what the cashier might have thought, that wasn’t even a consideration. Sophia saw the similarities, their interests, their style, and decided those were the most important factors.
The story reminds us of those two little boys who thought it would be hilarious to get the same haircut to trick their teacher into thinking they were the same person.
The best life lessons are delivered by children—thanks for this one, Sophia.