March was E’s month.
He and I have been dating the longest. Dates with me are as natural as our hugs and kisses.
From late night bottles to Sea World, we’ve spent our share of quality time together.
Nonetheless, we were both equally excited for a day alone together.
So Wednesday he skipped school and we headed out the door bright and early. He got dressed up nice AND fixed his hair for me. I felt super special – no joke.
He had informed me he had the PERFECT day planned for us. Since he had taken such initiative to plan our day out I rolled with it – under 1 condition: Costco was a must.
Our first stop was donuts and chocolate milk from Snowflake, a local bakery in Boerne. On the way there he talked about how he wants to buy and sell Pokemon cards as a business. He also reminded me that he wants to become a successful businessman and CEO.
This child means business, let me tell you.
Let me pause here to have a “sappy Mom moment” – do you see him in the front seat? He’s so big! I know every other Mother feels this way but I just can’t even….
When did this happen? How have so many years past by so fast?
Next on his PERFECT day itinerary was Target. He raced to the Pokemon cards and continued to talk endlessly about them after I drug him away telling him I had no intentions of buying Pokemon cards.
At one point during the day I said, “E, I love you. But I just don’t care that much about Pokemon. I love that you love them but I can’t hear anymore about the different Pokemon characters”
Tough love, it’s hard to give.
I bought him 2 board games instead. He was desperate for Monopoly (all business, I tell you) and I found a single player game about computer programming that teaches sequencing, problem solving, strategy, and higher level thinking – on top of programming knowledge. Go figure – they make a board game of this!
He got it out in the car and immediately set to figuring out how to play.
Here’s the truth. This game went OVER MY HEAD! He was describing to me how it’s played and the entire time I’m thinking – I don’t even have a clue what you are saying!!
This one will surpass me in intelligence before long. If he hasn’t already.
After Costco, where we talked about how to save money while grocery shopping (my little businessman), we set out for lunch at one of his favorite restaurants: Red Robin.
He’s a total french fry addict.
We talked about school and his friends. He talked about how he likes being a nerd even though kids pick on him.
All the while he shoved as many fries into his mouth as our waiter, John, delivered.
E really liked John and took notice of his accent. At one point John told us he was from Boston and E said, “So you’re from New England?” A line of course he’s picked up from Ryan who grew up in New England.
E asked if we could give John and extra big tip because he was so good.
I said “yes, how much do you think?”
“$20” he answered
I discussed how that was 100% tip for our $20 bill. I asked him if he thought John deserved the tip enough to give up his dessert. He thought hard about that and finally said, “Yes, give him $20”
And so we gave John $20 tip.
John caught us as we walked out the door and thanked us for our generosity. E beamed with delight in making someone’s day.
We stopped briefly at home to unload Costco groceries then headed to the movies to see Zootopia.
I decided that because E made such an awesome choice about giving John an extra large tip I’d still give him a “dessert.” I had box of Sour Patch Kids candy that I’d saved for a day such as this.
The movie was great, well worth seeing.
He showed his reluctance for taking this picture (above) by passing gas as I snapped it with my phone.
That’s my 9 year old boy: Intelligent, compassionate, and gassy.
What a great day!