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Cheers! This is lovely and amazing. I also think it's really important. Since my wee one was very little I've made the effort to get her to talk to the people that sell her/us things, and fix our things, and etc. Communicating with strangers is such an important life skill.
The cards are next level too!
We get quite a few tween/teen kids through the door whose parent(s) are just hanging in the car waiting. Some browse, some have a nervous question, the odd one gets comfortable enough after a few visits to have chat even.
I don't know if it's the epic screen time or some isolating factor but kids don't seem to be as good at talking to adults as they were even a decade ago. I have had some great interactions though. I think my favourite was a teen who rode his bike across to North Vancouver to pick his fork up at SuspensionWerx because his parents couldn't drive him on the day it was done:
_"hey, I'm not old enough to buy beer but I really appreciate that I can ride this weekend so I just grabbed everything my dad had in his fridge, put it in my backpack, and rode across town with it, so it might be shaken and warm"_
I wrote a little 'tears in the rain' style [monolog](https://meatengines.com/f/bicyclely-beered) about it if you're interested.
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