Nancy Robinson of Fairfax overheard a mother in the locker room of a community recreation center.

Mother (to preteen daughter):
“When people are sore, they deal with it. You can whine, but please don’t fall apart.”

Marianna Busching of Baltimore on the third floor at Peabody Institute.

A tiny girl and her bigger brother are waiting for the elevator. Against the wall leans a huge case for a string bass.

Tiny girl, eyeing the instrument case: “That scares me.”

Big brother , impatiently: “It’s probably empty. Why are you scared?”

Tiny girl: “It’s the mystery.”

Elizabeth Herrera of Bowie at a
food pantry.

“Why can’t we have a turkey instead
of a chicken? My husband is a vegetarian.”