The Kidling and I were driving to Target on Wednesday. While I associate the store with cheap pull-ups and affordable mass-market design (and that wickedly irresistible dollar section up front…), Alice thinks Target = popcorn. When she found out where we were headed, she began her typical routine: “Mo-om! I’m hungry. Can I please have some popcorn? And one of those things? That’s like a smoothie?”*
It was nearly lunchtime, and The Kidling had an empty belly. I’m really not okay with filling an empty belly with junk. And that is precisely what I told Alice. As the conversation/rationalization commenced, there was music playing the background. There is usually music in the background. This time, however, it was just too good: Cat Stevens. “If You Want to Sing Out.”
(you know you want to listen… in fact, I highly recommend you click this little YouTube video** and resume reading while it plays in the background)
Alice: He said you can do what you want. We can’t do what we want.
The Mama: Why?
Alice: Because you’re the boss. I don’t think he’s thinking about us. I think he’s thinking about when you’re a big kid. Then you can do what you want.
(perfectly timed music: you can do what you want…)
Alice: He said we can do what we want. I want him to stop!
At which point I immediately parked the car and wrote down every word out of The Kidling’s mouth.
* Yep. An Icee. A nutritionist’s/dentist’s/launderer’s worst nightmare.
** Courtesy of rollingstone99. Thanks!