Then all at once, the mother slapped the little girls legs rather hard and the minute she did, she put her legs together. Up until that point, I had not even noticed that this girl was sitting that way. Of course, nothing was said, but you could get the feeling that the mother was saying, don't you dare open your legs around a man.
Before you think I'm any kind of a pervert, I'm not. So, please don't be reading that into any of this because you would be so far off from the truth, it would be sad.
The thing that got me though was what the mother was teaching the little girl. First of all, the physical part of this makes me cringe. While many may say, oh it is for their own good, or it doesn't really hurt them, I would beg to differ. When that girl's reaction was so immediate and automatic, the neural pathway in her brain has already been forged together. She knows exactly what the message is, but more importantly the cells and tissues of her body know what the message is. When that happens, it is a long lasting life event for her.