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Robyn Openshaw - Mar 15, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Just a warning: today’s blog has nothing to do with nutrition. It’s just a funny story about something that happened in the Long Beach airport on the way home from Anaheim yesterday.

So Tiffani and I got there almost 3 hours before our flight was to leave. We’d been at a raw restaurant with lots of people from the show, raw foodie and earthy crunchy friends with dreadlocks and guitars, the night before, till late. And we’d been talking to people for 3 days straight. My vendors were there. My best friend and her parents from San Fran. One of my favorite readers, Tonya. A few of my former university students who came to hang out with me. A million people trying to get us to try their stuff. Skinny Bitch, the author. Heather Mills, the richest ex-wife in history. The Biggest Loser (who looks to have gained a few kilos). The whole show was a trip!

Point is, we were both in need of a cat nap.

So we saw these comfy chairs with no arm rests between them and we sprawled out. Each of us was taking up two seats. No big deal, in a room full of 250 chairs and about 10 people. Right? Well, you’d think.

A lady and her husband walked up. She had that frown-lined face that speaks of a lifetime of conflict and bitterness. She demanded: “ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE UP THAT WHOLE SPACE YOURSELVES?”

I said we were going to take a little nap. Tif pointed out that there were many chairs, all of them comfy, with hardly anyone in the waiting area. The lady became angry and demanded that we give her the seats. I said, very quietly to Tif, “I don’t think we should do something just because a bully wants us to.”

So Frowny Lady stormed over to a security guard. The guard came over with a triumphant Frowny and asked us, “Do you need that space?” We said yes, and the guard said to the lady, “Well I can’t MAKE them move,” and walked away.

At this point, I was finding the whole thing really amusing and I was fighting a case of the giggles. You know, the kind that you keep trying to suppress–you cover your mouth, you clamp your lips together–but it just going to come out no matter what! I think people who see a room full of hundreds of chairs and want the ONE and ONLY THE ONE someone else has–well, it seemed like great comedy at the time.

So an even funnier thing happened. Frowny stomped over and sat in MY seat, right up against me. She plopped down really hard, with a big “UMPH!” sound, to be extra obnoxious. Wiggled her fanny around to really settle in. Not in the seat next to me, mind you, but IN MY SEAT WITH ME.

Every point of the side of her body was in total contact with mine.

Well, here’s the thing. I love to defuse situations like that by doing what I call THE OPPOSITE. The opposite of what most people would do. The opposite of what is expected. The opposite of instinct.

When I make a driving error and someone flips me off, I employ THE OPPOSITE. I wave enthusiastically as if the person giving me The Bird is a close friend I am thrilled to reconnect with, on the road. (Warning: your children will be mortified by this.) (Tip: do this while thinking of someone you would truly love to see in the other car.)

The person who made the obscene gesture is completely taken off guard. At first they are startled and think (watch carefully and you can see this thought register on their face), “Oh no! I just flipped off a friend!”

Then they see they really don’t KNOW me, and they become very annoyed, because they’ve failed in their goal to make me angry. Instead I’m obviously just stupid in my giddiness to say hello, grinning ear-to-ear.

Back to the airport story. Doing THE OPPOSITE came in handy.

I imagined her being my grandma, whom I like very much. I snuggled into her–burrowed, really–and put my head on her shoulder, closed my eyes. Took a long, leisurely breath. A contented sigh, really. This was going to be an even better nap than I’d get stretched out! Perfect!

This did not, however, go over big. She said:


Tiffani, whose jaw had been hanging open ever since I decided to enjoy my lovely, soft, Frowny pillow, finally spoke, indignantly:

“But you’re touching HER!”

Well, Frowny got up and stormed off. Everyone in the room laughed so hard, and so long, that very frankly the whole event was worth the stress. Laughter is like raw food, and oxygen–it’s just GOOD FOR YOU!

One woman, an hour later, came over and cozied up to me IN MY CHAIR just like Frowny had, and then cracked up and went back to her chair. One guy couldn’t stop laughing for about 20 minutes. Other people showed up, and they were told the story, and everyone got to enjoy it over and over.

It was great fun. Try it sometime. Do THE OPPOSITE. Anger is toxic. It’s really fun to defuse it.

My friend Laura once said, “Everything that happens is good. Either it works out well, or it makes a great story.” Hope you enjoyed mine.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a great story!!

  2. Great Story Robyn!!! A real inspiration of how to deal with a difficult situation. Can’t wait to try it sometime!


  3. Great story! I love to do this too…be what you wish to recieve from the world:)

    Just wanted to share..had a birthday lunch with some of our extended family this weekend. We are not vegan, but the majority of our meals are meatless and I do not eat any dairy. I debated whether to make something meaty (a few of the people coming were real “meat & potatoes” folks) but opted to make what we’d prefer to eat. We made a veggie chili, kale chips, a black bean & corn salad, had a friend bring a bok choi salad, my kids’ fave “ABC salad” (apples, beets & carrots) and NO ONE EVEN MENTIONED about the lack of meat! In fact, one of the people I was concerned would complain gobbled the kale chips & asked for the recipe.

    Just goes to show — good food is the food that’s good for you too:)

  4. That is hilarious. I can’t wait to read this one to my husband when he gets home! I would love to hear Frowny’s version of the story. I bet that would keep us laughing for awhile too!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great story!! What is the main differences in the vitamineral greens and the new ormus greens?


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Cheleen, OrmusGreens have me looking forward to my powdered greens again. It tastes good! Amazing what a little peppermint and stevia can do. Still organic, gluten free, etc. The probiotics are cultured on the plant rather than added, which I like, and I know the area/soil/conditions of the growing, and that is HUGE. Simpler ingredient list.

      VitaMineral Green has the sea vegs: chlorella/kelp/dulse etc. Alkaline proponents don’t like that. Incredible nutrition and protein though.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That is hilarious! I am so glad you shared that story!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    She was acting like a two-year-old; makes one wonder what kinds of things are / have been troubling her. I like doing the opposite, too, but it takes great presence of mind to do it well… What a wonderful example you are, Robyn; keep it up.

  8. Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT!!! I wish I was able to see that. I would love to know what Frowny thought about all this. My mom always says, “Kill them with kindness.” This story gave me quite the laugh. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for a quick reply. I take the vitamineral greens in capsule form cause I can’t stand the taste. Do you know if Ormus has samples to try? Or would you be willing to send a sample? I would pay!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      They are sending me samples to put into 12 Steps: Complete Course kits. Haven’t gotten them yet.

  10. Oh my, I don’t think I could have pulled it off. It does make you wonder what has been going on with her (frowny).

  11. Wow Robyn, I’m seriously impressed. Not because I would expect less of you but because of what I would probably have done. I’m still working on emotional control and not letting toxically angry people get the best of me. Fortunately with how I’m eating I find that I am more in control of myself to begin with but when someone begins to get the best of me and I have a negative emotional state, I can get over it much quicker. I’d love to be where you are though, and just give them a snuggle or a hug. Actually I probably would have just moved to another location…maybe….

    Anyway so speaking of airports, I’ll be there tomorrow and headed up to Utah. It would be cool if we could meetup or something. Do you have any classes or meetups you are attending there?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hey Robyn (or anyone else), do you think it’s a good idea to continue to do Sole everymorning while pregnant? Also do you think it’s better to avoid green smoothies while sick so I’ll eat them later or push through it?!

    what else would be on your “list” of things to do to make a pregnancy wonderful!!?!??

  13. Funy, funy story. I am laughing inside and ouside. I wish I was there to kiss this gradma goodby when she storm off the room. Then join the laughing group. Yes, baby you had me to think about diffusing. Thanks, aida.

  14. Robin, when I was living in Manhattan, NY years back. I went to one of those St. Patrick parade with my kids. It was fun to see them marching, waving flags and having a good time. But that day the young people were drinking too to much beer! For they bad behavior the next day the Central Park was declared a disaster zone.

    My daughter Edna marry a Long Island boy, a descendant of an Irish father. Even the priest was Irish. There I meet a lot of Irish people! My daughter and hubby went Ireland twice, and she says the country is lovely.

    Barnard Huges, an Irish actor was my customer. One day he treated me to see his one man show “Dad”. Wonderful acting! He really was a fine person.

    Just when my son and I were sitting at the subway going to the show, two ladies entered the train saying hello to everybody. Wired for NY! When we’re sitting at the theater… these two same ladies (Irish I guess) were sitting in front of us. Go figure! Naaaah! They behaved well.

    So Robin… keep loving the Irish people, and the green color in smoothies.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      I love Irish people! Yesterday I skiied at Sundance (it was SUCH a beautiful day) with a guy dressed as a leprechaun! GO GREEN!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Robyn – I’m sitting here at my computer laughing hysterically! Thanks for making the day soooo much lighter!


  16. That is *awesome*, Robin. I like doing the waving thing to grumpy drivers, too. I love seeing the reactions afterward. lol

    Have a wonderful almost springy-Thursday evening! 🙂

  17. Anonymous says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great! It was so great to see you in Anaheim! My son thinks you’re a babe!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Ha, he is just adorable (even if he didn’t call me that, I’d think so)! From a real live BayWatch Babe, that’s a compliment, thanks Tonya!

  18. Anonymous says:

    OMG, you didn’t! lol – You’re awesome… wish I was there to witness

  19. Anonymous says:

    Great Story Robyn, Thanks for Sharing! 😀

  20. Anonymous says:

    OMG! This is the stuff URBAN LEGENDS are made of! LOVES IT!!!

  21. Hi Robyn,

    I really liked your story.

    Keep doing this and sharing it with all of us.

    Bless you

    Gert jan

  22. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic and a testimony of the human spirit (your’s) at it’s best:-)

  23. Anonymous says:

    We are all given a chance every day to “rise above”…but not many of us take it. The sad truth of the story is there really are people like frowny…”theres no fool like an old fool” sooner or later you just need to get over yourself-everyone else has!

    Love and Peace

  24. Great Story! I LOVE it!!!! You were brave to snuggle up to Frowny, who I imagine as also being kind of Smelly (in the toxic perfumed way). You must have totally rocked her world.

    I always smile and wave at car flippers, too (on those rare occasions that I annoy someone with my relaxed driving style, lol). My friendly response may make these fingerers madder than ever, but keeps me laughing…

    Thank you for carrying the torch of this motto for gladness: Lighten up, people! (Not to mention: Respect my space – or dare to be loved!)

    xo diana

  25. Great story. When driving I always used to blow a kiss to someone who flips me off! That certainly was the opposite to what they expected.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Terrific story!! The Bible says to “Turn the other cheek”, and you’ve certainly found a very creative way to do just that. 🙂 I’ve got to remember this story!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Love it, Love it, Love it! You go Robyn! Inspiring! Gotta say, though, that story has everything to do with nutrition. You’ve fed your mind, body & soul with love. Frowny is probably a pork-eating narcissist!!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    This is great!

    Reminds me of how God’s Word teaches that “man’s ways are not God’s ways.” Scripture also says “a soft answer turns away wrath”!

    Yes! Do the opposite of what our flesh wants us to do!

    Loved, loved, loved the story and the way you totally diffused the situation and turned something so angry and negative into something positive…..for you, your daughter, others watching and to us who got to read about it! Who knows, you may have even made an impact on that angry woman!


  29. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, you made my day with that airport story! I keep picturing you snuggling into Frowny, and Tiffani’s astute retort to her objecting to YOU touching HER when she had squeezed herself into your seat against you in the first place…I’ve been giggling for minutes! You never know, maybe Frowny will one day see the funny side of the episode as well 🙂

  30. Anonymous says:

    thanks for sharing!! really needed to hear that today! Its sometimes hard to not let other people ruin our day, but a lesson I try to teach my children as well.

    loved it!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Love It ! Love it! Great story, I am going to try that flipping off thing. thanks for sharing.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Great Story!! Thanks for sharing. This inspires me to laugh at hostile situations more. I needed that!!!

  33. Anonymous says:


    I am sorry to say what you did was not good, healthy, nor funny.

    I agree that laughter is good, but at the expense of others, it is

    very unhealthy and hurtful for that person.

    Frowny was unreasonable and needed help. You used her as a pillow,

    touched her inappropriately, and cased her to be laughed at. What

    you did could have even been dangerous.

    Please think it over and be careful. Maybe God put her next to you so

    that you could help her instead of causing her to storm away.


  34. Oh wow that story is priceless! My husband has had 2 neck surgeries and is in constant pain. We have been looking each day for the little things that make us happy and try not to see the bad. I will tell him your story and i think it will make him laugh and put a hug smile on his face. Thank you again for your wonderful story!

  35. That was classic! After her comment she should have been sent to the bathroom to wash her mouth out with soap. LOL

  36. Anonymous says:

    That’s great! What a fun story to start the day. Think I will share that one with some of my co-workers (I work at a church and we deal with some very interesting people at times…this will be an inspiration on how to diffuse what could be a tense situation!) 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  37. Anonymous says:

    This story made my day! I’m going to definitely try doing the opposite!! 🙂 thanks!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    That is hilarious! That is such a good reminder that we do not have to ACT or RE-ACT out of negativity and old patterns! Thank you for such a clear example!

  39. Fantastic story! You are truly inpirational. Drinking green smoothies has helped me transcend a lot of potentially emotionally sticky situations. It is easier to rise to a place where you can actually consciously decide how you are going to respond instead of just reacting. BTW Could I have the recipe for kale chips???

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Abbie, the blog is searchable now–we have the kale chips recipe here from several months ago. 🙂

  40. Anonymous says:

    Loved it!! Loved it!! Thanks so much for sharing and giving me such a great laugh!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the laugh this morning! Got to share this one with my kids! Wish you had a video camera. i think it it’s a winner for FHV!

    to unanamous, i have heard to avoid fruit while sick because illness feeds on sugar even if it’s natural. so go for the smoothie especially when sick but drop the fruit.

  42. Anonymous says:

    That was too funny! I had a great laugh from it. I think I will take a page from your book and think opposite the next time someone is angry.

  43. Anonymous says:

    You made my day by sharing this story. Thank you so much!

    I will definatly keep “opposite” on my mind.

  44. Anonymous says:

    That is PRICELESS! !

    I hope that just may be a turning point for frowny (you never know). And that one day, hopefully soon, she just might look back at that and laugh herself and say…that was the turning point in my life and at how I chose to look at things from then on.

    Hey. It could happen. ; )

  45. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Your story emphatically reminds me of what life truly is meant to be, and I really needed to be reminded. I work nights and I’m a morning person; Oct 7, my first grandchild was born; Oct 10, my beautiful Mum passed away, and that same day, my fiancee of 7 years moved out so that we could “stay together but work on ourselves separately to be better in our relationship”; Feb 6, I discovered he had been cheating on me and ended our relationship; Feb 8, I learned my son, a high school sophomore, was failing all his subjects. Through all of this I have found a depth of sadness and emptiness i have never experienced before. So, thank for sharing your story; what joy laughter brings!!! I wish I could have seen it for myself, but I have created a great visual anyway. Have a beautiful and blessed day

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Suzy. That’s awful. I hope you triumph over it all. Sometimes the fit hits the shan all at once, doesn’t it? I’m sorry that the choices of others impact us so profoundly sometimes! I guess we can choose to be happy anyway!


  46. Anonymous says:

    LOL, love the story! Whenever someone is rude to me i tell them “Now you have a nicer day, ya hear!?!” They go blank as if thinking “hey, did you know i’m being nasty to you???” I leave with a smile every time!

    Keep smilin’! :(=)

  47. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great laugh. It made my morning softer:-)


  48. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, That is fantastic. I love the story. I bet that woman had a hard time figuring out the event for days. She seemed to thrive on conflict.

    As for the road ethics, I learned from my Grandpa Tom that you call everyone on the road “Friend”.

    Example: When you are cut off, you can say (to your self, most likely, in the car) “Hey there! Friend!” and just the act of saying “Friend” diffuses anger, at least, in yourself. I also am a big fan of waving and grinning ear to ear at other drivers, when I am being flipped off or yelled at. It works wonders.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Ha, that’s great. Snuggling up with a grump. Wowsers. I do that stuff too. Once I was in a commuter jet that was delayed and while everyone was boarding, a grumpy old man started demanding that the flight attendant remove someone from his seat. The flight attendant got snippy right back as there were plenty of extra seats. I started to feel victimized by the atmosphere on the plane and so did the person next to me. Something inside me snapped. So I looked over at her and started singing (and then turned towards the aisle):

    in every job that must be done

    there is an element of fun

    you find the fun and snap the job’s a game

    then every task you undertake

    becomes a piece of cake

    a lark

    a spree

    it’s very clear to see



    spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down….

    Part of me was horrified that I went all Mary Poppins on these two, but the other part of me realized that I was kinda perceived as the coolest guy on the plane and my singing was total grump repellent.

    It works! Let your freak flag fly as long as it is dipped in love I say!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:




  50. I’m also a smiler and a hugger (to my kids dismay) and your hysterically funny story made my day! I’m going to save it for another day when I need a good laugh. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  51. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the story – I have to remember to do this in the future.

  52. Couldn’t believe Frowny sat in your chair with you in it. What a story!

    How amazing to hug her like grandma! She probably hadn’t gotten a hug in hundreds of years. Way to go. You are very smooth green smoothie girl and I am so very proud of you. I would of been afraid she might have hit me, but maybe, on some level she actually freaked out that some strange woman in an airport gave a care and gave a hug. I am proud of your courage and how you chose to be down right obnoxious in a loving playful way.

  53. Anonymous says:

    LOL a Great story and good for you for not giving in to her demands and bully like tactics. Some people are just really miserable and want others to be miserable like themselves. I bet her husband was laughing under his breath because he probably has wanted to stand up to his wife for a long time and instead probably always had to say ” yes Dear ” to keep the peace or suffer the rath of his miserable wife. Have a blessed day, Sherry

  54. Anonymous says:

    You know how much I love a good story, and that is an AWESOME one!

  55. Lovin it! Thanks for sharing and putting a smile on my face today. 🙂

  56. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE THIS STORY! Thank you so much for sharing it. I also loved your friend Laura’s quote: “Everything that happens is good. Either it works out well, or it makes a great story.”

    Blessings to you!


  57. Anonymous says:

    What an inspiring story Robyn. I did LOL! You really handled her ! I notice since making the green smoohies over a month ago now I’m getting along much better with the people in my life. Thank you for sharing.

  58. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    This is really good to know. I like it very much that will use it when I have to.

    I have been meaning to contact you in regard to the organic honey. My husband ask me why it does not crystalize and if it is real organic honey. I told him you only do the best. So, tell me, I have also noticed it not crstalizing, does this normally happens?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Charmaine, whether or not it crystallizes depends largely on variety and also how long you’ve had it and what temp it is stored at. But honey lasts forever, does not go bad (thanks to its antibacterial properties). It isn’t organic in a technical sense because there is NO SUCH THING. How do you confine bees to a location? They can roam and get into nonorganic areas. However, my beekeeper does not USE any chemicals and he’s in a rural area where he has no pesticide-using neighbors that he knows of within a couple miles. That’s about as good as it gets.

      However, it is RAW. I think that’s what you mean.

  59. Anonymous says:

    LOL and all this time I thought I was the only person that ran into people like that. I like doing the opposite approach. I will try that.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Good story Robin,

    Being able to show love, acceptance and non-judgmentalism when being attacked is the best thing you could ever do. To bad Frowny could not accept what you were giving her. I am sure she got it though and will not soon forget you and the gift you offered. This is how conflict and wars could be solved. Good job Smoothie Girl.

  61. Anonymous says:

    Robin, I live in Huntington Beach, 20 minutes from the Long Beach airport. The next time you have a long layover give us a call and you can stretch out on our couch. We will even share a green smoothy with you. My wife, who is a grandma, said, “Tell Robin if she needs a soft shoulder to snuggle on that she can use mine for I have had a lot of practice with my 12 grandchildren.”

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Aw, that’s the sweetest offer I’ve had in a long time! Maybe I will! (I miss my grama, the real one who I write about in “My Story” on the site, and who has a lot to do with my journey. My other grama is still around–she’s my only living grandparent’s fifth wife, but she’s the one who lasted–42 years now!)

      As an aside, that’s hopeful for those still looking for their mate in mid-life–a great marriage where it took him several tries and lots of “learning and growth opportunities” but he finally got it right!

  62. Robyn, that is awesome! It says so much about you that you could shift that episode right in the moment. So much. Sometimes certain types of people really push our most sensitive buttons and Frowny’s job in the world is probably to do just that. She has to be good for some purpose – so she’s a wraskely wrabbit! Can you IMAGINE what that poor husband of hers must have done to deserve that? He must be a saint in disguise. I agree with another commenter – I am sure you rocked her world and she’s probably still thinking about that incident. Just being that close to you probably transferred something good. Maybe you just changed the course of her life? I like to think BIG! 🙂 Thanks for WHO you are Robyn. I am really enjoying your site and your books.

  63. That is a gorgeous story! Thanks for the smile.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Hope she saw everyone laughing,,that would just make matters worse for the witch,,,,,,,,,,

  65. Anonymous says:

    Great story! Frowny definitely needs a Green Smoothie. She was probably extremely constipated and doesn’t even realize it, and she needs a lesson on manners. One of the things I’ve noticed sinced I’ve been drinking my smoothies is a peace of mind and things simply don’t bother me like they use to. Just the other morning when I was pouring my smoothie into my 32 oz. jar I spilled half of my smoothie onto the counter, me and on the floor. I just smiled to myself and invited my dog to lick it up. Point to the story I would have been really upset and even though no one was home I would have still reacted awhile back. It’s such a nice feeling inside not to get upset with yourself or with others. I also wave when someone flips me off. Thanks for the story!!!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Kim, I can’t stop laughing:

      “Frowny definitely needs a Green Smoothie. She was probably extremely constipated and doesn’t even realize it”

  66. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful. That’s the sort of thing you should have recorded and posted to Youtube.



  67. Anonymous says:

    LOVE this story! I didn’t know what to expect at first, but you had me in stitches. THANK YOU…because I needed a good laugh today. And I am going to employ your idea of doing the opposite. I think that is great!

  68. Anonymous says:

    Great fun! What a laugh! I had to tell the story (and read the last half) to my husband when he walked into the room, who said, ‘Ya, just don’t do that to a guy.’ My stepson heard as well. They simultaneously finished the thought, “…unless you want to get punched in the face.” Ha. –just a heads-up to the ladies (or guys) out there who don’t want to get punched out. On the “Other” haaaannnnd…a pretty lady snuggling up to an angry guy…still may work…to diffuse. –in any case, it would certainly catch him off guard.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Just love it!!!! And Ron’s story – magic!!!

  70. Anonymous says:

    That was a tremendous story of spontanaity for you and Ron. Excellent. A few years ago when I worked as a flight attendant for the 50 seater planes that only required one f.a., I would do crazy things to diffuse that tense fear of flying that many passengers traveled with. Once I wore these huge rose colored glasses that were too big for my face. I wore them through the whole flight from start to finish expecting someone to say something but they just stared and kept silent, even as they left the plane. It was a fun experiment in human psychology. I know I’m dating myself but I felt like it could’ve been a Candid Camera episode.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:


  71. Anonymous says:

    Oh you’re sooooooo great. I’m still laughing over this story. I’ll have to try this more often. Thanks for the raw laughter.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Great Story! You made my morning. I just finished praying for God’s help in times of frustration; learning how to respond in a more positive way – I think my prayer was answered.

    Although I too have waved frantically at people that have flipped me off and am quite amused by their reaction, I have never tried anything as deliciously audacious as that. Not that I welcome anyone’s poor behavior, but I almost can’t wait until the opportunity presents itself to find a creative way to tackle a “frowny”. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  73. Anonymous says:

    It’s funny what you have done. I also like to do the opposit. The thing is by responding some people think you are just plain crazy. This works for because they will now leave you alone. Glad to see I am not the only one.

  74. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of my Mother-in-law: she was working at Wal-mart awhile ago and a teenage boy came through her line, sporting a mohawk. She couldn’t help staring and he rudely asked: “What are YOU lookin’ at?” Her response? (with a sincere smile)”I have never seen hair like that – how do you get it to do that? … can I touch it?” …followed by a discussion on how long it takes to get it just right, and they parted as friends.

    I loved your story and all the comments! This works quite well on two-year-olds, come to think of it: we all sometimes do the strangest things (lol, probably when we’re dehydrated!) to get attention, then get upset when people notice (or don’t run away). Amazing how free our minds and hearts can be when they’re fed green things! 🙂

  75. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE this whole story! I was “hand gestured” by a a school bus driver today-and was so stunned…I just ignored him. I wish now that I HAD madly waved and smiled:) You, my friend- are an awesome example of just how the world should react to negative energy!

  76. Anonymous says:

    I assume Frowny was having a bad day and I hope your having fun gave her something to think about. I hope she found some fun and laughter in it too and gave her a better day.

  77. Robyn-

    That’s AWESOME! YOu made my day just by sharing it. Thanks:)


  78. Anonymous says:

    I love this story. Wish I could have been there to watch the fun.

    I like Robyn’s comment that she was probably extremely constipated; that just started a whole other round of laughing. After getting off to a bad start today now I am grinning from ear to ear. Thank you for sharing this hilarious story.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Well, that wasn’t my comment . . . it was Kim’s . . . .

  79. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, that is such a great story! And I think I know which chairs you’re talking about. 🙂 I’m not even surprised she wanted a little spot of her own on the chair–or on your lap, I suppose.

    What Laura said is so true! I thrive (or try to, at least!) in embarrassing situations because I know it’ll become a fantastic story eventually.

  80. Anonymous says:

    Not giving up her seat:

    What I appreciated most about the story is that Robyn did not just break contact with the woman to defuse the situation. Taking a stand begins at home in our everyday situations. It’s important. Courage is hard but we can take baby steps even if we’re not as brave as Robyn.

    Dangerous – not in this case.

    Yes, it could have been dangerous, but that is where our intuition comes in. I like to think that Robyn’s radar is good and she got the go-ahead inside somewhere. Maybe in another situation she might act differently while keeping her seat. Maybe move to the next seat. (I can see the lady moving over seat by seat as Robyn moved!)

    Misplaced compassion.

    To those who make the argument that Robyn’s response was ridiculing the woman and compassion would have “helped” her I say this. Consider the great lengths this woman went to to control Robyn and her daughter and where they were seated – berating a complete stranger, going to the security guard, technically assaulting Robyn, using verbally abusive language. Any ridicule she received she can take. She could have softened up when Robyn “reciprocated” and leaned back, but she did not.

    Future congresswoman

    As far as being helped, the woman may think twice next time which is the best “help” she could get in this situation. People who behave badly depend on the good manners of others to get their way. Just as Robyn’s actions may make this lady reconsider an attack on the next person (who knows?), we have rights and standing up for them is the only way to keep them for everybody. (Can you see this control-freak in Congress?) Hurrah, Robyn!

  81. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, Thank you so much for the laugh today! I can’t wait to share it with my husband tonight!

  82. Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT!!!! Gotta try it sometime.

    My 3 year old kept asking why I was laughing *smile*.

    Thanks for a nice perk. Love the rest of your stuff too, btw.

  83. Anonymous says:

    I taught my son to handle a bully at his school by acting the opposite of how he felt. When the bully approached him on the playground my son broke out in song; singing happy birthday at the top of his lungs and drawing attention to himself!

    Other children chimmed in and one of the teachers, with that many people watching my son the bully backed off.

    My son learned that feeling don’t have to dictate our reactions.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Love this!!

  84. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I’ve been reading the comments about your “Frowny story” and realizing that your Green Smoothie fans are a beautiful bunch of spirits, with a good intuition for the spirit of play just like you. I’t uplifting to know that the frownies of the world are not going to win with a gang like this around. Kim’s comment was beyond hilarious. Addie

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Addie, I agree!!

  85. Anonymous says:


    What a great way to handle an ugly act. Way to go. Thanks for the inspiration.

  86. Anonymous says:

    That’s funny!

  87. Robyn,

    Thank your for writing your story! It seems as though it is not about nutrition. I think that essentially it is. My experience has been that since becoming vegetarian 2 years ago, I am not only more keen to what is going on with other people, but I am much more able to react to all kinds of situations in a way that benefits everyone involved. It is not that with this change I have a perfect life. I just want more harmony, health, light, love and light in my life. Doing things, like eating well, (there are others, of course) help bring it about for me and for the good of everyone I come into contact with. I dare say Robyn you are who you are and you live what you teach. Frowny brought an opportunity for you to share yourself with the world even more than before.

  88. Anonymous says:

    This is something I truly need to learn. Thank you for sharing! Hugs Ketena

  89. Anonymous says:

    It was fun to find your blog. We have lost an amazing amount of weight using chia. In fact everyone we know wanted to know how we did it so we started our own

    Will continue checking in here for recipies etc.

  90. Anonymous says:

    You sure you didn’t have your knuckle in her ribs?

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