"...point. this was one of the prettiest families i have seen in a while. if he had made a presentation and if i didnt know the schpeil, i might have taken bait based on my perception." fakesmile, above.
That reminds me of a funny story...
A while back, stuck in a grocery store in Billings, Montana, I had the opportunity to observe a VERY funny exchange take place among a Jehovah's Witness family. A father, a lovely red-headed mother, and a little girl and boy, whose ages I would have guessed at 6 and 8.
The husband and wife, both very attractive and very nicely dressed, were standing in the store discussing something - I didn't catch THAT part, but the discussion got heated, tempers flared, and they ended up yelling at each other, in public.
Then, unable to resolve their conflict amicably, the two parents turned their backs on each other - and in one of the most chilling demonstrations of using a child as a surrogate adult/mate, the father turned to the little girl and began cooing over her while the mother turned to the little boy and focused all her attentions upon him.
It was funny, sad and frighteningly telling, all at once.